My friend: how did you know to
Answer my unsaid request, to
Negotiate distance and visit the abode of my soul, to
Give sweet words and kind fruit to
Offset the bitterness brought by isolation.
Slicing through skin,
Accepting what is laid bare,
Lavishing wisdom like a balm while
Savoring mango salsa under
A shared umbrella of hope
Last week, Kate at Aroused by Arête requested letters or words in her comments which she promptly turned into acrostic poems about the commentator. I gave her the words “mango salsa” since Kate had mentioned that she was on her way to the store (then would return to continue with her task) and this is my current food obsession. Of course, I was being cheeky and was subsequently quite humbled by her genuine response.
Kate’s intuitive and generous nature, her powers of observation, and her loving candor were on full display in her poems. You can read her responses here. I loved what she wrote for me and about me!
I wrote this poem with gratitude in my heart. Thank you again, Kate!! Once this is all over, please come and visit and share some mango salsa and chips with me!
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