Like calling down a well, and waiting

for a palmed stone to rise,

an explanation as in


If none listen, no room listens, nowhere listening, no murmuring nods listened–

does he stand

or howl?

If a tree fell in the forest, as an inferno cracked trunks and racked shade and swept a way–

does he stand

or hear?

Inexplicable, unimaginable, irresolvable, irredeemable, inalterable, rubble run to pebbles–

does he stand

or is he here?

Like repeating a vow, and waiting

while an accusation rises,

reciprocating as in