E Penniman James

to know twenty people
to know twenty thousand
to know the multitudes scattered across the world
to know one person
to know your hand before your face
to know your heart is beating
to know the sun can never rise
to know the dead of night
to know there is no love
to know there is no hope
to know the leaf
emerging from bud break

E PENNIMAN JAMES lives and writes poetry in Brooklyn, NY. His poems have appeared in the anthologies Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea (great weather for Media, 2019) and Lyrics of Mature Hearts (Gordon Bois Publications, 2020) and several online publications.