Hava Pinhas-Cohen - MY KNOWLEDGE OF SILENCE

my knowledge of silence
derives from desire
that is stuck inside me like a bubble
that can’t be swallowed or thrown up

my voice is a rustling sound that is woven
out of objects and deeds and self-assessment
that are in my house

my knowledge of poetry
derives from being choked and blocked

like a sealed mouth with a slit
that connects and separates the lips
like a tongue loving and asking
to kiss to give birth and to utter

the languages of desire