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when were you born ¿

Light streaming through clouds in the Inner Hebrides
inner hebrides, november 30, 2017 · ben wolfe

filling out a form
i was asked
when were you born ¿

there was no room to answer,
i was born a thousand times
yesterday alone

i am being born right now,

do you not see the blood ¿
do you not feel the contractions ¿
can you not hear
the endless mother-cry of
healed and broken joy ¿

— december 20, 2007

The Little Space Within the Heart

(from the Upanishads)

The little space within the heart
is as great as the vast universe.
The heavens and the earth are there,
and the sun and the moon and the stars.
Fire and lightening and winds are there,
and all that now is and all that is not.

busy being born

poetry on wasan island
wasan island, may 31, 2014

i’m sorry i didn’t answer your message

i was busy being born

the trouble is
it happens every day —

how do i live, when
being born
keeps getting in the way ¿

— March 28, 2006