Skip to main content

poetry Longing for the Garden

The experience of migration—whether refugee or voluntary—leaves the scar of uprootedness, as the Persian/American poet Esther Kamkar explains.


Longing for the Garden

By Esther Kamkar

Sometimes I wish for a sense of belonging

and loyalty to a particular land

or country, not a geo-political country

only geo, not to the flag or anthem

only to the landscape its mountains rivers

fauna flora to know them like the back

If you like this article, please sign up for Snapshot, Portside's daily summary.

(One summary e-mail a day, you can change anytime, and Portside is always free.)

of my hand the way Gary Snyder talks

about California and Wendell Berry

about Kentucky, the way some people

say this land is in my blood I want to feel

that connection loving it so deeply

I may even want to be buried there.

Esther Kamkar is an Iranian-American poet, the author of poetry collections Of such things.”; “Hum of Bees”; and “Hummingbird Conditions.”  She lives in northern California.