Illocutionary

Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu. (A person is a person because of other people.)
—Zulu proverb

You say eternity to me
and I plant redwood trees
in our front yard.

You say wings, and I feel
the buds in my back
turn gossamer.

You say angel, I feel
unworthy. You say beautiful,
and I become laughter floating across a pond.

I am helium. Glittering.
A golden sunflower burst open.
I forget I wear wounds.

You say mystery.
I say yes. You say sky.
I say, meet me there.

You say nothing,
and I pull you closer
so I might listen to your breath.

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