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You're listening to away with words, the show about language and how we use it. I'm grant Barrett. In a Martha Barnett. At the literary festival and writers conference in San Miguel de Allende this year, I heard a luminous reading by the poet Sandra cisneros, who is a Mexican American writer. And I gathered up a bunch of her books and brought them home with me. And I've been reading a lot of her poetry, and I wanted to share a poem with you. It's about peaches and is called peaches. 6 in a tin bowl Sarajevo. If peach's head arms surely they would hold one another in their peach sleep. And if peach's head feet, it is sure they would nudge one another with their soft peachy feet. And if peaches could, they would sleep with their dimpled head on the other's each to each. Like you and me. And sleep and sleep. And that's it. And one of the things I love about this poem is that she does so much with a bowl of fruit, just like William Carlos Williams, and the plums. And the other thing that I love about it is that it makes me smile literally. It has all those E sounds like peaches and me and sleep and feet. And I can't help but smile when I read it. You think that the E sound is stretching your face into a smile. Yes, yes. I try to continue on with the real smile. Yes, it's not an easy poem to read, but when I finish my cheeks are sore. Interesting. As brief as it is. Yeah. Sandra cisneros, and it's called again. It's called peaches 6 in a tin bowl Sarajevo, and it's from the collection my wicked wicked ways by Sandra cisneros published by vintage books and used with the author's permission, all rights reserved. Thank you, Martha. That was wonderful. If you've got a poem you'd like to share, give us a call, 877-929-9673 or email us words at wayward radio dot org. Hello, you have a way with words.