If you place a fern under a stone
the next day it will be nearly invisible 

as if the stone has 

swallowed it.  

If you tuck the name of a loved one

under your tongue too long 

without speaking it
it becomes blood

the little sucked-in breath of air 

hiding everywhere 

beneath your words. 

No one sees
the fuel that feeds you. 

– Naomi Shihab Nye