Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

If I Ran From You

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If I Ran From You

If I Ran From You

If I ran from you
to Ouagadougou,
I’d hear your voice in
talking drums.

If I ran from you
to Coromandel,
I’d catch your scent off
salted winds.

If I ran from you
to Auxerre,
I’d feel your touch in
blades of grass.

If I ran from you
to the well of Khaba,
I’d see your shape in
whirling djinns.

If I ran from you
to Madurai,
I’d taste your kiss from
banana leaves.

If I ran from you
to Muktinath,
I’d send you my prayers
off spinning wheels.

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Karen Shenfeld

Toronto poet Karen Shenfeld is the author of The Law of Return (Guernica Editions, 1999) and The Fertile Crescent (Guernica Editions, 2005). Her work has also appeared in well-known journals published in Canada, the United States, South Africa and Bangladesh. Her personal documentary, Il Giardino, The Gardens of Little Italy, was screened at the 2007 Planet in Focus Environmental Film & Video Festival.

Go to Karen Shenfeld ’s Author Page