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We Exist

It begins with one

A hundred

A thousand

A hundred thousand

A million.

A multitude of murmuring birds flying together

A savant wave of wings

Filling the sky with sound

And human minds with meditations on migrations.

We exist

not in parts

but wholes.

Whole bodies

Whole hearts

Whole generations

With whole dreams about their whole and holy future

We exist

not to flash but to sizzle

to fight with a heat

and love with a heat

and live with a heat

so strong it propels us upwards

despite the downdrafts of doubt

the blood push of fear

the shrapnel stabs of hate

We exist

Meditating on migration

The age of trees

The wisdom of whales

The majesty of seas

It begins with one

A hundred

A thousand

A hundred thousand

A million

A multitude of murmuring humans

Old young dark light

All faiths

All genders

All races

We exist not to divide but to join

not to blame but to build

not to surrender but to life up our arms

A savant wave of wings

flying upward and onward and forward

beyond today.

It begins with you.


Experience the premiere performance of We Exist set to music by Oliver Caplan at Time in Our Voices. June 22, 23, 24 - Boston, Concord, Plymouth.


Naseem Rakha, Author

Naseem Rakha is a geologist, educator, speaker, and award winning author and journalist whose novel, The Crying Tree, has earned international acclaim for its frank examination of crime, punishment, sexual identity and forgiveness. Naseem’s commentaries can be found in The Guardian and she was a contributor to National Public Radio. When not writing, Naseem spends her time hiking, climbing, rafting and photographing areas throughout the American West. Her work can also be found in the Los Angeles Review and Gold Man Review. Naseem is currently working on a new novel. She lives in Oregon with her husband and son, dog, cats and snake.

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