The last thing I want to write about
are words, sweet corpses of feelings,
though last night I dreamt about you,
not you, I suppose, but your foreign words
taunt on my mouth:
“Merhaba, gunaydin, askim,” I said,
In the coffee shop this morning,
there’s a woman here, like you.
Dark hair and dark eyes —
the strange, defiant light.
I’d like to say hello to her,
but I’m stopped by crumbs
and old sugared coffee spilled
across the table,
sticky against skin, stuck
to its own silent words.