Breath

A    P O E M

B Y

Y A H I A    L A B A B I D I


Beneath the intricate network of noise
there’s a still more persistent tapestry
woven of whispers, murmurs and chants

It’s the heaving breath of the very earth
carrying along the prayer of all things:
trees, ants, stones, creeks and mountains, alike

All giving silent thanks and remembrance
each moment, as a tug on a rosary bead
while we hurry past, heedless of the mysteries

And, yet, every secret wants to be told
every shy creature to approach and trust us
if we patiently listen, with all our senses.


First Published in the collection of poems entitled Balancing Acts, which was at #1 on Amazon’s list of Hot New Releases in the Middle-Eastern Poetry category in March and April of 2016.

Yahia Lababidi is an Egyptian poet living in the United States. Balancing Acts is his third collection of poems to be published. Follow Yahia on Twitter: @yahialababidi

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