what if

What if
Instead of state capitals and long division
Instead of standing in line and following directions
Coloring within the lines and critical reading

We learned to close our eyes
And get still.

Before I can hear you, 
Understand how your voice resonates in my bones
And moves my spirit
I need to hear me

Before I learn to see the world through your eyes
I have to close mine
Close them and wonder
What do I see,
In the darkness?

Ah, yes.
There are no words,
But I know.

I wish they had told me
When the world seemed overwhelming
And I couldn't memorize
The lines on the page
To sit down
Close my eyes
And trace the lines within.

Ankati Day