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To Form a Question

Sometimes, in order to ask a question

one needs vocabulary–amygdala, neurobiology,

the biochemistry of trauma–phrases that position

tongue in mouth.

Sometimes, exposure to an idea must be repeated

before one can edge to the lip of the platform

and sail off into the water below.

Again and again, we step to the ledge, pause,

wait, ponder, turn away. One day, we stay.

One day, what we want to know has arrived within us,

but the question that retrieves it is not yet formed.

Soon though, words rush into your heart–you know

you have arrived somewhere          a question

is a place of certainty.  You spring off the platform:

What is the neuro-biochemistry of early trauma?

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