Silence Like Cool Sand


Pat Mora

First lie in it.
Close your eyes.
Let it move through you.
Rock your shoulders back and forth.
Dig your heels in.
Slow your breath.

Curl forward and wash
your hands with it.
Pour it slowly on your legs.
Rub your heels deeper
into the damp.
Bury your toes.
Roll back, eyes shut
Disappear into it.
Listen to the scratchings, then listen,
listen to the roar.

From Communion by Pat Mora, Arte Publico Press
© 1991 Pat Mora