Hot Cocoa



During the winter night

when everything is lost in sight,

all you need is a cup of hot chocolate

to set you right.


A big cup that’s warm and rich

to comfort you and hold you tight.

But beware I tell you

because timing can greatly alter what’s due.

Watch over it

as it boils and tempts you in its heat.

Just don’t drink too soon.

You must wait your turn.

Lose your patience,

rush into its essence

and you’re sure to get burned.

But, then again,

wait too long,

get lost in your fear and hesitation

and you’ll be left with lukewarm chocolate milk,

something everyone can get,

something everyone has.

Wait too long

and you’ll never feel

hot cocoa’s unrivaled sensation.


at the right moment,

take a sip of the cocoa.


nice and slow.

Be mindful of the heat.

Remember to take care of it and blow.

Take it all in

and that’s when you’ll know.

Do that

and you’re sure to feel its love

that so few people know.

Hot cocoa is sweet,

warm, rich,

and smooth

with something special that can’t be beat.

Trust me,

hot chocolate is to die for.

You just have to be patient

and, soon enough, you’ll only want more.



About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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