these thoughts you wear, draped,
delicately, around your neck in silken waves
whisper misty tales of
white and purest, deepest red —

and in your words i find
wonders — as your beauty’s breath
fogs up the glass on coldest days &
shapes the roughened edge of pain
to watery pebbles

it is the mirror of the heart
that builds a bridge across the oceans &
dips its toes into this (long stagnant) pool
causing ripples,

           back          and              forth
back           and            forth

& in your presence i stay
forever cradled,
for your words are mine —

For my friend Jen.
We decided to do a portrait of one another. I do not know if it counts as a portrait — I just let it flow.
Thank you for putting up with me…. so grateful for you. Love ya to bits!


About Miriam E.

Somewhere along the way, I started writing. If you care to look beyond the jokes & smiles, you will find me a bit of an introvert, spinning through life one clumsy step at a time, fortunate to not have skinned my knees one too many times yet. When everything gets a little too drowned out by the white noise of this planet, I tend to reassemble myself at the keyboard in an attempt to slow down & breathe. English is my second language. I love how it feels on my tongue and how the words can be shaped and sculpted, so be patient with me — I am experimenting. Enjoy, if you will. Miriam
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8 Responses to Silken

  1. ok… it’s not because it’s late and I am tired, but you brought tears….thank you…honestly this is so beautiful..stunning…that second verse…Miri… it is a portrait and I love you to bits too xxx

  2. brian miller says:

    for your words are mine unspoken…i think the thoughts like a scarf in the opening, it gives a cool visual to the feeling….it is lovely…..

  3. Oh how stunning these words are. Such a beautiful reflection of your friendship across the miles. My favorite lines are : these thoughts you wear, draped, delicately around your neck in silken waves… Love mumsy.

  4. This is a beautiful portrait of the Jen I’ve come to know a little. You have captured her so well in your words. I can’t decide which phrase I love more in the portrayal.
    And the pic is amazing, Jen! You look so lost in your own thoughts – a million miles away in contemplation of words.
    Two excellent poems of friendship.x

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