WHERE IT ALWAYS HAS BEEN
For her, friendship has persisted.
In the praise she feels from the sunrise,
in the serenades she hears
as she cruises on her bicycle
across the brother and sister streets,
in the clusters of grapes she savors
as often as possible – in all this
there is the sound of friendship
passing through her life like quiet cars.
She listens to the lyrics
of flowing water over dishes in the sink,
and it says that friendship
will find us when we’re lost.
Her life wears flowered skirts
because friendship insists
on staying where it is,where it always has been.