Other than the fact that you don’t like caramel chocolate, I love you

(poem by Vaishnavi Radhakrishnan)

Other than the fact that you don’t like caramel chocolate, I love you

(After Nazim Hikmet)

I love you

Like dipping puff pastry in sugar milk and eating spoons full of it

Like watching a clipping of sea otters cuddling themselves to sleep

Like walking too deep into the ocean, losing balance, becoming chaos under waves

and then being able to see the sky again, head propped up for a breath

I love you

Like having a 70×40 inch map unraveled on the floor and encircling upon it all the places to travel to until the world looks like it has more hula hoops than countries

I love you

Like finding a comfortable corner in the library and swooning over endless novels

warm, safe, home

Like words, beautiful words – buttons, bellies, butterscotch –

honey soaked, rolling off the pillow of my tongue

I love you

Like a prayer hymned

in silence. 

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