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Our Need to Be Here

2009 January 11
by J. Scott Mosel

Our Need to Be Here

They move in shadows
and voices beyond us who do not
speak or hear this language:

the silence the earth
wakes up to in whisper:
the stories of humpbacks
who call to each other
in the dark blue, luring us

softly down, where our dreams
intermingle with the shape
of the water, the pull
of the moon: our need

to be here
stronger than our need
to breathe

or understand.

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