Poem Of The Week | The Naming Of Things by Patrick Holloway

The Naming of Things

By Patrick Holloway

You have swallowed a planet
& I have been witness
To its swelling & swirling,
Have felt it orbit
Beneath my hand,
Have seen its gravity
Pull you from bed
To the toilet
& back again.

Have heard it atom along,
Tap dancing a private rite.
It has woken you which has
Woken me & in those milky
Moonlight hours it grows
Between us, the simplest
Of silences solars in your eyes.

Now this nameless celestial
Being delivers us anew,
So we too will breathe
As if for the first time. 

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