top of page

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 one-of-a-kind

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 and

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 and

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 spin

from a distance


to her

stir in her sleep

Effort give way to Existence...

5,429 views2 comments

Recent Posts

See All


Jim Roberts
Jim Roberts
Nov 14, 2021

Fabulous! A good poem is one that resonates so completely I feel I could have/should have written it myself.


Beautiful ❤️

bottom of page