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if i listen

if i listen


my eyes want to name

my eyes want to contain


if i listen           stretch             out

listening reaches                      beyond




i breathe in       yah

i breathe out       wey


i listen to the resonance,

each breath is the first


we draw in life             yah

we release into being            wey


some call it God




© Sharon Lopez Mooney, "Language of the sea", originally published in Ginosko Literary Journal, Spring Issue #28, Ed. Robert Paul Cesaretti, Fairfax, CA, Spring 2022, print & online

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