i. listen /ˈlis(ə)n/
verb "give one's attention to a sound."
ii. flesh draped in curtains behind the tendrils of your hair. do you
hear the wind? its right there
sluicing cross brown curls & dancing toward
your eardrums: [stuffed and full like Christmas dinner] don't you see?
there are vibrating strings bouncing through the world, sound & waves & light
that flourish our existence, tulip petals & daffodils blooming from our skulls;
why don't you hear me?
iii. sometimes i scream crackle-hot coils of burning inferno
but you can't listen under the pitter-patter of rain that sears
through the canyons of your mind.
“There is a voice that doesn't use words. Listen.” —Jalal ad-Din Rumi