Things that move like living things
but are not alive. Do you know them?
Laughter and effervescent voices
that burble greetings from ambitious rivers.
Do you hear them?
Stones with memories of stars and moons,
formed before this spinning world was spun:
the first corn, reptilian eye, birdsong.
Slumbering mountains lazily tending
valleys of geese and strange painted faces.
The sun dried emigrant pebble missing the far away lake.
The apple thorn. The stippled dragonfly.
Listen with the ear of leaf and fire and sky;
in the beginning was the word
and with that word came separation.