Margot Woelk was one of fourteen young women who served as food tasters for Adolph Hitler, a vegetarian who was paranoid about being poisoned. She is now ninety-five years old and lives in Berlin.
Margot and the other girls
ate well for three years during
the war in Germany.
True, the meals were all vegetables,
but they were prepared by an exclusive chef
with the finest fresh asparagus, bell peppers and sauces
served with a side of pasta or rice
and apple strudel for dessert.
There were eggs for breakfast,
toast with marmalade and oatmeal.
Margot ate in the kitchen of the command center
called the Wolf’s Lair, and was told
she was a lucky girl because
she was helping the fatherland.
Besides, not many people could say
they sampled the food
even before The Fuehrer himself.
Seventy years later, the thin
old woman still complains.
Her torment is not about her harrowing
escape from the command center
as the war wound down to an end,
or being raped by Russian officers
during the invasion of Berlin.
Only close friends are aware
that she still does not relish mealtimes.
Guests do not find it odd that she toys
with her food and prefers conversation to eating.
And no one notices that her fork always pauses briefly
in its arc from the plate to her mouth.