The Inner Life of Words

Bagel backwards is slegab
which sounds like a town in Wales.

Hearsay backwards is yasraeh
which sounds like a seminary in Israel.

College backwards is egelloc
which sounds like a Klingon food.

Sometimes i cannot hear
what words are trying to tell me.

Maybe if I listen to them say their names backwards
they will reveal their secrets to me,

like turning a talking stick upside down
and listening to the waterfall of seeds

or breaking a cottonwood twig at a joint
to see the secret star inside.

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