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Illustration credit: The Dog and the Shadow by Kailey Lang

In the morning as the storm begins to blow awaythe clear sky appears for a moment and it seems to methat there has been something simpler than I could ever believesimpler than I could have begun to find words fornot patient not even waiting no more hiddenthan the air itself that became part of me for a whilewith every breath and remained with me unnoticedsomething that was here unnamed unknown in the daysand the nights not separate from themnot separate from them as they came and were goneit must have been here neither early nor late thenby what name can I address it now holding out my thankspracticeHave you ever tried to describe in language an inner experience that is not contained in your five senses? Often when I’ve readied my own pen to do so, the words go flat on the page, as tasteless as the cardboard menu that describes the feast. I invite you to join the poets and mystics in taking on the challenge of saying the unsayable. Choose something precious that you’d like to express through a poem or paragraph. Perhaps it’s your experience of presence, or the light in your child’s eye, or the feeling t …

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