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Mark S. Burrows

It wasn’t just the fire flaming us
like two trees leaning into each other,
branches and leaves slowly unfurling

as they give themselves to heat and light
and the luminous burn of silence. Not
this only, but also the unspoken things

that came alive between us, treasures
harboring in the breath we blessed in
the sharing, keeping vigil in the descent

of wild tongues upon us, flesh and bone
alive as on that first Pentecost—bearing
witness to the truth we know, if at all,

in the margins beyond saying: that love
descends to meet us in our desires, joins
us in a convergence we finally know

only as a reckoning, gathering the lost
distances and bringing us to the truth
we know at the end of every beginning.

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