What We Need

Yesterday Marianela
and Ralph came to visit.
We celebrated Ralph’s
sister Meryln,
Carmelite nun,
with bagels and lox.
She died the day before
in her cloister
in India.
Ralph told us
about her
a little.
And we talked,
all of us,
about death,
and then life,
knowing what life can be
if we are lucky
if we have some
of the words
we need
good food
friends with us
with us on the couch.

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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