Poems of Love and Longing

In This Dry, Amber Air        

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In the mountains, among columbine, Jacob’s ladder
Shootingstar, snow and granite,
On the Continental Divide,
I think of the choices
Between saving and burning
Between silk and barbed wire.

When I find you again
I will tell you:
I would if I could
Live in the cave
Of your two arms, your chest and your jaw-bone;
On the other hand
I am afraid to touch you
In this dry, amber air
I am afraid I would start a fire.

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

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