26 May 2023
In silence, I listened.
To the wind. To foreign words, in sound and song.
To those strangers who didn’t care.
To friends who still don’t call me correctly by name.
To the aging smiles of a married couple dining on meatball heroes.
To confessions and emotions of the cherished, in pain through their grief.
I traveled anyway, alone to this harbor. Not knowing why.
I prayed in breaths.
I thought of Rumi, wisdom whispered in words.
I turned to one, then another, and another, and…only to find myself – sore and lost.
I limped up hills and through holes, in solitary, as life persevered.
In silence, I surrendered to trust, this time, not knowing what else to do.
And after the uneasy night, life transfigured into a birth of discovery
that only listening and seeking can grant,
mirrored by a melding fusion of words rising with a dawning sun.