poetry Longing for the Garden
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
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.