may there be a listening
rather than a making

curiosity over expectation,

lightness and ease,
no straining
toward some glut of air.

May you step aside
like a watcher at the meadow’s edge
as the doe
finds her way to the center.

From Marrow of Summer (Kelsay Books, 2021). Posted by kind permission of the poet.
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