I wish I knew,

who the child is within my chest,
what it is afraid of,
what makes it cry at night,
what it wants to be;
I wish I knew how
to sing it to sleep,
to quiet its fears,
to answer its questions
echoing within me

I wish I knew the song
it plays on repeat within my neck,
how its thudding rhythm goes,
how the distant lyrics sound,
how the melody skips each time,
I wish I knew how
to hum along to its beat,
to understand its words,
to harmonise its tune,
to sing along in harmony
and forget the dissonance.

i wish i knew.