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By: Sarah Ragsdale

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You who are so good at listening 
what good is listening if you don’t
listen to me

how else will you know that I long to 
leap across the high desert sky
float upon the ocean’s blue breasts
dig my toes into the warm sands 
of our childhood once again

you who are so good at loving 
what good is loving if you don’t 
love me

how else will you know that I long to 
gaze at the flower moon until I see our reflection
tell you my dreams of memory and loss
lie down upon this holy earth and be held 
in her embrace

Sarah Ragsdaleyou who are so good at grieving 
what good is grieving if you don’t 
grieve for me

how else will you know that I long to 
walk towards the horizon hand in hand
breathe the wild jasmine into a bloom in our heart
listen to the song of the nightingale 
sing us Awake


Sarah lives in South County, Rhode Island where she studies creative writing with Grace Farrell at the Carolina Fiber & Fiction Center. She is also a founding member of Telling Tales: Writers & Illustrators of Children’s Books. Her soon-to-be published children's book, Lucy's Lopsided Web, has been selected to carry the imprimatur of The Octagon House Press.

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