Motion-less / Poetry by Sylvia Yoon Kim

1.

To create

Is to breathe

 

Stand on your toes

Little one

So the world can see you

 

Speak to me

With the spark in your eye

And the graceful twisting of your wrist

 

Canvas the world

With your single image

Your single word

 

Say it with your voice

Breathing loudly

Give the world a reason

 

To turn their necks

And see

Something worth seeing

 

Who knew the ones that failed

Would rise again

For those in stationary motion-less

 

To see

To see

Them standing in ovation

 

You few were created for this

 

2.

Bend your neck

Look low

Watch the floor

As your feet move

 

Motion-less

 

Emotional

We’ve lost the occupational

Training to let go of all this conditioning

 

We prey

On animals of our own species

And watch the flicker of light go out in our consistency

 

Consistently we swim in circles

And catch the fish that swims into the middle

With a hook we draw him back into our formation

 

Of the eternal circle

Always moving

Never moving anywhere

 

Motion-less

 

We wait

We watch

As the fire dims

Into nothing but distance

 

Always distancing ourselves

With things we call things

That are not of our own

 

Sew your seam up to your mouth

Until your ears

Covering your eyes

Wrapped around your head

 

Comfortable

We stand

Motioning

For the motions of new

To come towards us

So we can swallow them whole

 

What is next

We have already devoured

Into none

 

Just lie down

And wait

 

For the deep sleep

Can take you

While you still breathe

 

Muted awakeness

I can faintly remember

Who I used to be

 

In a photo from

A long time ago

A very long time ago

 

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