Leila has a new baby
whom she calls “my ancient baby

because the instant she was born
she had always been”

not just before she was born
but before Leila herself was born

before Leila’s mother and father were born,
before before before before

“a dew drop of eternity
for now is always

and this labor took me
somewhere else from which I doubt

I’ll ever be able to come back.
Can a bee return from honey?”

“See her sleeping, brother, waiting
for a name to rain down on her.”

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