we begin to recede,

revert to the floodwaters and
overwhelm from the root

and up,

and up

and out

of the body and

into the night,

reeling back

so curiously whirring

in measures full with

uneven beats


it was unlike anything

I have ever heard before

I don't listen

like I used to, I don't count out loud 

marking time is for partners’

ear / selves, is for more than

nighttime toe taps and rue



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