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By Cheryl Pallant
Recorded by author
Because summer nears. Because rain pelts the roof. Because
enough never is enough. Because it’s our fault. Because weight
bearing fractures from sorrow. Because hunger belies mind.
Because disposing a body leaves its cries behind. Because
an abandoned child severs a cord. Because you shot first
and last. Because we’re counting on you and will reconsider.
Because extremes, gas attacks, and hate pinned to the chest
hollows bones. Because greed, lust, and more of the same.
Because stars drop from the sky. Because another way is
unthinkable. Because a poverty of imagination and spills
of toxic individuality. Because mine, not yours, not his nor
hers. Because it’s not too late. Because I’m not alone. Because
evolutionary strands and mycorrhizae. Because music, poetry,
and presence. Because I cohere despite negate. Because
connective tissue hydrates. Because you move. Because
distance shows a world can be otherwise. Because closed
eyes awaken another sense. Because this body wants
wave after wave coming home.
Recorded by Karina Lutz
Cheryl Pallant is the author of several books, most recently the poetry collection Her Body Listening, published by BlazeVOX Books and the nonfiction book Ecosomatics: Embodied Practices for a World in Search of Healing, published by Inner Traditions. She teaches writing and dance at University of Richmond, leads workshops online and internationally, and is a Reiki and Healing Touch practitioner. For more information about her, see cherylpallant.com.