by t. zoEy benally

she sees starlight
for the first time
“THAT!” she says
points a small, slender finger
up into ten o’clock skies

eyes and mind unsullied
by Barbie, Mother Goose,
and goddess Stewart
she receives waves sent from suns
light years before she was born

she first heard leathery whispers
from golden leaves hooked to trees
what secret message caught her
three month ear & was absorbed
by her blossom mind?

her natural mind collects ancient details
acknowledges original prayer drone
reverberated through cosmos
keys mercifully left
on the banks of this dark ocean
our manufactured world

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