Obrigada

thank you iris

Obrigada

What if the first word we learned

in another language

was not toilet, how much,

or even where, but instead

thank you;

would we see past lines of experience,

the stumbling of innocence,

broken teeth, exquisite eyes,

to each person’s essence,

the miracle of existence,

and be grateful for a form

that could say gracias, dhanyavaad,

tak, xìe xìe, spasibo, danke, shokran?

Thank you to the editors of Marin Poetry Center Anthology VI for publishing “Obrigada.”

MPC

One thought on “Obrigada”

  1. please add my

    Go raibh maith agat
    (“gurra mah aggat”)

    my gaelic blood ghosts and I join in
    Yr poem & image were just what i needed this morning.
    Thanx for sharing here. G

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