Hearing from Before After

This is the effect of reciting the lover's name as heard by the lover.

This is not pride
because I know
it is not
my name that you whisper
but a sign
between us,
like the word
that was spoken
at the beginning
of the world
and will be spoken again
only when the world ends.
Keyword: "like". Symbol plugged into the relay of simile. And short-circuiting. "This is not that word / but the other / that must be spoken / over and over / while the world lasts."

Alden Nowlan "The Word" in Selected Poems (Toronto: Anansi, 2013).

And so for day 1666