The Best Part

the best part, you sonofabitch,

is looking for the exact word

to use like a ear bud

or sharp salad fork —

the exact word that dangerously, delicately

and exactly gets to the tiny shrimp, the hidden olive

the waxy crumbs of feeling

that fighting you and loving you

shake loose from heart and ear.

The exact word is a powerful word

and we scratch it into the ceiling

with diamond eyes hardened by waiting

and forgotten contact lenses;

Mine is “when?”

Yours: “how long?”

Exact words aren’t Comforting words;

Those we use for pillows at night:

<font color="#149EBC">mine</font> beautiful us <font color="#9F3165">we</font>

are dams of warmth and memory that

keep us from drowning

in waiting and the silence of

craning ears, for our sounds:

my footstep, your key in the door.

Truth, my man.

This looking for words like rafts

to row over the ocean of reasons-why-its-difficult

tells me that no matter what,

we shall float, two coconuts landing at the same shore

(Cocos nucifera: high tolerance of salinity, preferring high humidity)

become two trees curving with words like birds walking squawking

in our oiled hair— <font color="#B38C3F">time </font><font color="#F5AE69">sunlight walk </font><font color="#C81F12">red wine </font>mashed <font color="#9FB21E">potato</font>

<font color="#228ECC">quiet</font> <font color="#9D1184">sex</font> LOUD love <font color="#F79311">babies</font> <font color="#2CB00E">mine</font> yours <font color="#B7071C">ours </font>—

two trees living, eyes closed smiling, <font color="#F88324">wow</font> and <font color="#9E67B5">always </font>on our lips.

The Best Part

Priyanka Joseph

Joined January 2008

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