Who Knows

Rain knows,

dogs and babies know.

Oceans, rocks and clouds know.

Water and tears,

 dirt and sweat know.

Birds know.


Wise people long ago knew

 preserving food,

earth cleansing, and

warding off evil spirits.


Like a child I touch this shell

just washed in,

to my tongue

the salty taste brightens my senses.

I know.


How do we forget?

Such essential things.

We are salt.


N.L. Reynolds