The Day After Christmas, or Oumar



Call Me By Your Name

at the Paris Theater Andre Aciman’s beautiful book

I read it twice  love can look like anything

when you’re young when you’re not young either

how we  love if we aren’t afraid

cab driver Oumar  extra u in Senegal he tells us

what he likes on Christmas Day  a Muslim

he likes  good will kind atmosphere the vibe says Oumar

drivers and passengers together most

people are good Oumar said  finished Baruch College

he is a teacher going to graduate school in a year

though he isn’t young

school and Senegal and driving a cab

around this city having a chance every day

a chance to live knowing

love is right there




Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.

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