Catherine Arra

Ode to My Aerolatte

Sleek silver handle
designed for palm-fitting ease
above a whirling circular drill
delicate enough to elevate
everyday milk into frothy dollops,
creamy clouds, ready to cushion
the hot pour of rich espresso
into a halo of grace …

… aroma Italia
my morning cappuccino
and a warm-from-the-oven sfogliatella,
shell-shaped layered confection
with a belly full of sweet cream.

Oh, Aerolatte mine,
take me back to Pasticceria Belpassi
in Piazza Della Repubblica, Urbino, where
I am again Mediterranean meravigliosa
and Signora Maria says,
Buona giornata, Caterina!
Per lei, un caffe ed un dolce

Catherine Arra is the author of four full-length collections and three chapbooks. Her newest work Solitude, Tarot & the Corona Blues is forthcoming from Kelsay Books in 2023. Arra is a native of the Hudson Valley in upstate New York, where she teaches part-time and facilitates local writing groups. Find her at


  1. Cathy, Love this luscious poem. Fay L

  2. Sweet memory to warm you up. I learned what a sfogliatella is.


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