Bagel backwards is slegab
which sounds like a town in Wales.
Hearsay backwards is yasraeh
which sounds like a seminary in Israel.
College backwards is egelloc
which sounds like a Klingon food.
Sometimes i cannot hear
what words are trying to tell me.
Maybe if I listen to them say their names backwards
they will reveal their secrets to me,
like turning a talking stick upside down
and listening to the waterfall of seeds
or breaking a cottonwood twig at a joint
to see the secret star inside.