Poems of Love and Longing

This Silent Language Between Us

You speak to me in paisley on velvet
I speak to you in embroidered cashmere.

I show you the cascade of my hair, turquoise
and silver, abalone bear with a coral heart-line.

You show me the fire in your eyes, grapes
on silk, curves of Japanese clouds on black.

You give me a box of English caramels
and I give you a poem.

You offer me an orange in the palm
of your hand and I take it.

We are natives of this fluent language
We mean every word we do not say.

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

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