If I Don’t Write a Poem

it doesn’t mean I don’t want

to  disorganized a person who

lives with no straight lines I do not

have routines or plans do not have

anything alphabetized in order in a row

Yiddish word is farmischt and yet

because there is always always an

and yet even on those days when I can not

for reasons of no reasons, write a poem

and yet there is always underneath the surface

where good words live there is somehow

always even when you can’t see it

a poem.

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.

7 Comments

  1. love it!!!!!!!!

    so for a farmischt person, as you say, it’s a remarkable gift for the rest of us that you find always underneath the surface where good words live there is somehow always even when you can’t see it
    a poem that you send us almost every morning with amazing regularity.

    deep thanks!

  2. Love this, Esther! Our styles and approach are so different, yet your work continues to move and inspire me. Thanks for your work, and your appreciation of mine.

    I write this at 8:00 am in the Virgin Islands sitting on our time-share balcony overlooking a blue harbor with several verdant islands in the distance. Temp: 80┬░. Don’t mean to gloat, but can’t help myself!

    Love, & to Peter, too,
    Dave (& Pat)

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