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Language without Words

Language without Words

Miki Fukuda

Published in Written River #10


Hold your tongue, friend, and listen
to yourself
             for a moment.

What you are saying is immense.
             I have no word for it—
And to whom are you saying all this?

             Suddenly all ears, you see

through the window
             these same trees are
not once the same, the sky, the birds—

As the light falls
             through you, the same light
illuminates the crow’s unhurried
wing beat in the woods

and a shimmering lake beyond
             fragments the mirror.


Miki Fukuda was born in Japan and grew up in Tokyo and Long Island, New York. Her poems have appeared in journals in Canada, US and UK, such as Contemporary Verse 2, Eighteen Bridges, PRISM international, Vallum, The Maynard, Talking Writing, Off the Coast, Every Writer, Earthlines and Crannóg. Her chapbook Finality of the Morning (2016) is forthcoming from Baseline Press and her Songs from Twelve Moons of the Bear (2015) is published by Leaf Press in the Leaflet Small Book Series. She is currently working on her first collection of poetry. She lives by the woods and lakes of Golden Acres Park, Nova Scotia, Canada.