Poems of Love and Longing

Map of a Garden: You Are Here

I float above my personal atlas to
Find a garden.

I draw contour lines and color fields
Let them fill in like growth rings
The way I imagine the
Landscape of a poem and make
A poem-map, compass rose
Pointing inward and out.

From toothbrush to bedtime story is
The map of a lucky child’s day
The map of “Smoke Maker” with
Six directions, a veil and a blindfold

Saffron page after
Saffron page of projections
Territories common and rugged
As stones foliate and fade

I lay pins on the new
Map of the new garden:
A pin for sun
A pin for grapes
A pin for lilacs
A pin for ladybugs

You Are Here.

The map of my garden
On this private meridian has
A pavilion with cushions
A fountain with peacock-green tiles
A path from one to the other

Three pins for honeysuckle and pleasure

I am here at the intersection of
Here and Now

Where golden rose and jasmine
Replace the noxious
Weeds of disturbed places
Where clarity of sky
Prevents its falling




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

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