Can I speak now?

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Can I speak now?
by John Carter

“From the moment I could talk, I was ordered to listen.”
– Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)

Can I speak now
of the ticking of the clock
of the orange that ripens
on a bone white plate
on the desk where I write?

Of the girls
who pass beneath my window,
and the music
of their laughter?

Can I speak now
of the pen
on the page
of the wind
in the trees
of the child
in the womb
of the moon
in the night
of the air
in my lungs
of the lines
on my face
as I move
from lover
to writer
from living
to watching
from shadow
to spirit
from man
to angel?

Can I speak now
of all these things,
and others

Can I speak now?