In the familiar weight of the cat
who turns in a circle on my lap, then
curls to gnaw on my belt loops.
In the smoke and salt of almonds
steeped in wasabi and soy, satisfying
and sharp on my tongue.
In the weave of my winter tallit, even
when it slips off my narrow shoulders.
In knotted fringes between my knuckles.
In the words that fly from my fingers
hanging like protective sigils
over your head, around your heart.