My kindness is conditional
upon kindness in return;
concern and love
poured upon me
during parched times.

If you drain me
without filling me
and even try to rob me
of self-love
then you create a cave
in which evil whispers
echo and increase.

These urge me to drink dry
the goodwill of others —
insatiable thirst


Literary Appetite

My favorite thirst is the thirst for words
A turn of phrase as succulent as a peach
An image, silk threads glistening in a tapestry
A story on feathered wings and flight for the mind
To be hungry and to be fed;
There is no greater joy