how do you find as many words
as souls in the wind
rustlings in the grass, voices in the dust
songs in a bird at dawn and at dusk?

how do you find words for
all the ways to carry burdens on your back
whether children potatoes parents?

in how many ways do kites strike the ground –
from violent to gentle?

how do you write a poem in this world
of stone and sun, living creatures, green leaves
where moment by moment everything that has been said
gets said again
in the key of divine perfection?

how do you write a poem?
You write it in a narrow space
after you’ve shut every window
except, perhaps, for one