Thank You All For Writing To Me

Dear Readers of These Poems

Some of you
called yesterday
sent an email
asking
HOW I AM
asking
IF YOU CAN HELP
I didn’t want
to create
worry
just a poem
about words we use
all those people
I am one of them)
POSTING
on this internet

I AM MORE THAN OK
(the phrase I AM FINE
never my favorite,
although I AM FINE)

My yesterday poem
was not meant to be
About Disease
(I Have a Low Thyroid
small green pill every day
innocuous pill
that’s all)
but about what we say
when we describe things
how quickly we fall into
comforting cliches
that seem to be
explanations
peculiar words,
for instance
I told
my friend Laurie
last night
that I won never
go to any practitioner
(imagine, practitioner!)
that uses the word
utilize.

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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