Hello Out There

© Matthew Word Bain

some places have more than one thing to say
some places seem to have been waiting
for someone to talk to
for a long time

there I like to linger
until all has been said
that wants or need to be said
and I begin to feel
that the place in question
is experiencing the sort of relief
that comes with telling your story
to a willing ear, not unlike exhaling in full
after holding your breath
for far too long