If I close my eyes and incline my ears
I will hear names called out across the earth
Some drop names to impress
others pick up names to remember
and many more give names to things
that do not exist as if they were

If I close my eyes and incline my mouth
I can resurrect my long lost loved ones
just for a moment
by calling their names from the north and south

If I shut all my senses and whispered
once more
I would bring into existence
that which had never known life before

©Vivian Zems

 

Real Toads– Nomenclature, Poetry Pantry #444

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