Poems of Love and Longing

Let Us Pretend

Let us pretend
We are in Ivory Coast
In the village of Bonduku.

Let us pretend
I am a Baoulé woman who brings
Home fresh meat wrapped in leaves
And you are a mahogany statue
My spirit spouse.

I put my mouth to your ear and whisper
My sorrows,
You listen.
Your lashes over your half-lidded eyes
Your mouth broad and finely cut
You listen and you stay.
You are my spirit spouse.

You receive me when I need you.
I breathe in your warm laughter,
And you remember everything
Like elephants do.

Esther Kamkar, Palo Alto, California artist and poet. Poems, poetry, writing, published works - footer logo

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