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BEING HUMAN ~ Naima Penniman

Updated: Jul 3, 2020

I wonder...

if the sun debates some mornings

not wanting to get
 out of bed 

if the sky grows tired
 of being everywhere at once

if the clouds desperately

try to hold themselves together

if rain is scared
 of falling and has trouble letting go

if snowflakes get tired of being perfect and

if stars wish 
upon themselves before they die

if they need to teach their young
 how to shine

I wonder if shadows long 
to just-for-once to feel the sun

I wonder if sunrise 
and sunset 
respect each other 

even though they’ve never met

I wonder if breath ever thinks of taking a break

if the wind just wants to sit 
still sometimes

I wonder if streams meet the wrong sea 

their whole lives run off-track

I wonder if the snow 
wants to be black

if the soil thinks she’s too dark

if rocks are self-conscious of their weight 

if sand feels insignificant

if mountains are insecure of their strength

I wonder if waves get discouraged

crawling up the sand

only to be pulled back again

to where they began

if the leaves understand they’re replaceable

still dance when the wind blows

I wonder
 where the moon goes

when she is in hiding

I want to find her there and


the ocean

from a distance


to her

stir in her sleep

Effort give way to Existence...

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