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April 12, 2023_anniversary presents for the years to come

by Jennifer Sakamoto


gift me a sanctuary

where you can perfect paper with pen

and i in your lap can read

noting the ordering of words


build me bookshelves

the length of the back wall

the front wall and the sides

surround me with books

make this room smaller

but worth it


purr pure poetry in my ear

and dress me in verses at high noon

till i think in bounded pages


curve my hand into yours

teach my skin

how you carve ink into letters

how it kisses paper


gift me words

offer me the dictionary on audiobook

let me listen to it

over and over and over again

as background music

every day


buy me a white fountain pen

wrap it in handwritten poems

remind me how diction betters

everything

bring me perfume

the scent of library

replace the wallpaper

with beautiful stationery

make me fall in love with paper

all over again


or just

stare at me as i read

till you remember

how we fell in love


stare at me as i read

till you remember

how we fell in love




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