Beads; Sleepless #12

We Were Thumbing Through the Beads

With each bead
Calling out one of the ninety-nine names;

Marking the cognates
In our languages –

Ha-Rachaman Al-Rachim
Allah Elohim —

We were praying
The names of God;

We could tell our story
Any way we liked;

And we could lose ourselves
In each other;

We could die to ourselves
And be reborn in each other.

jsg, usa

Sleepless; #12