Imagery: Elements of a poem that invoke any of the five senses to create a set of mental images. Specifically, using vivid or figurative language to represent ideas, objects, or actions.
We had words.
Some bitter some sharp
Some that soured on our tongues
Even as they curled out our mouths.
I imagine us in a bougainvilleaed cafe
Somewhere bright and sunny
A wooden table between us
Our ankles crossed underneath
Almost touching but not quite
A salad bowl of words between us.
We could pick at them thoughtlessly
Pushing them about. Before
Putting them into our mouths
Licking the sauce off our lips
With a flick of the tongue…
And pretend no one saw
We could chase down the words
With coffee: a double espresso for me
A Frappe for your sugar cravings
Which I would frown at but drown
In the leftover words sticking to the bowl
The contents cloying and dead
How I wish sometimes
That we had silence instead.