DAIYENU

By Rachel Kann


had you-i been given but seconds in this unreal reality,
and the ten-thousand things not made themselves known to me-you,
daiyenu,


had the ten-thousand things made themselves known to me-you,
and your-my blood not thudded circuitously, stubbornly,
daiyenu,


had your-my blood thudded circuitously, stubbornly,
and these atoms not stayed gathered into matter as me-you,
daiyenu,


had these atoms stayed gathered into matter as me-you,
and you-i not been born earthly entity,
daiyenu,


had you-i been born earthly entity,
and these lungs not breathed me-you,
daiyenu,


had these lungs breathed me-you,
and you-i not strengthened from struggling,
daiyenu,


had you-i strengthened from struggling,
and the time-space web not caught me-you,
daiyenu,


had the time-space web caught me-you,
and you-i not made manifest believed-in possibility,
daiyenu,


had you-i made manifest believed-in possibility,
and never felt faith inside me-you,
daiyenu,


had you-i felt faith inside me-you,
and not lost ego-identity,
daiyenu,


had you-i lost ego-identity,
and not detached from a conceptually separate me-you,
daiyenu,


had you-i detached from a conceptually separate me-you,
and never found inner tranquility,
daiyenu,


had you-i found inner tranquility,
and never let angel-death tongue-kiss me-you,
daiyenu,


had you-i let angel-death tongue-kiss me-you,
and not answered with reciprocity,
daiyenu,


had you-i answered with reciprocity,
and not still vibrated energy for eternity,
had you-i been given but seconds in this unreal reality,
had it all been arbitrary,
had it all been but a word,
a breath,
a blink,
a touch,
a grace,
a pulse,
a truth,
daiyenu,
daiyenu,


daiyenu.

 

Rachel Kann’s writing (poetry and fiction) appears most recently/is forthcoming from Eclipse, Permafrost, Quiddity,Coe Review, Sou’wester, GW Review, and Lalitamba. She’s performed her poetry with acts including daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, Sage Francis, Saul Williams, and Rahzel, at venues like Disney Concert Hall, the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, and the Vans Warped Tour. Accolades include James Kirkwood Fiction Awards, Writer’s Digest Short-Short Story Awards, LA Weekly Awards, Backstage West Garland Awards Critic’s Picks, and the International Slam Idol. Rachel’s also an award-winning performance artist and mixed-media collage artist as well as DJ.

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