Poets Walk: "I exist only"

Poets Walk: "I exist only"

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Dear Father, Dear Sound by Kazim Ali


I exist only two cosmic minutes after you,

an echo of your life’s whispering.


You recited into my ears the call to prayer

before I had either language or sight.


Your whisper and the secret my life whispered in response

are going at the speed of sound to the end of the universe.


Will they ever reach it?

Will they ever begin traveling back?


“Dear Father, Dear Sound” from The Fortieth Day by Kazim Ali. Copyright © 2008 by Kazim Ali. Used with the permission of BOA Editions, Ltd., www.boaeditions.org.