We Lose Everything; Sleepless #11

We Lose Everything

We lose everything
Every day of war;
When it’s over we compare Losses.

Welcome treaty makers;
Have tea together
Drink from unremarkable white cups.

We can make out the cognates
In our languages
Without translation.

Consult the silence
The name beyond names —

I am Nothing;
In Nothingness —
May be Our only Salvation;

Pitiful codifiers of names, said the Prophet,
If you were thirst if you were hunger
Your waiting would save the world.

jsg, usa

Sleepless; #11