In the middle of the night you have opened your eyes and risen.
and walked out naked into the night where the world
is suddenly still and the cities
have been swallowed whole and everything's present
as never before:
the air rising around you like waves,
shadows falling off, trees sinking
farther and farther into the earth
which smells of passion.
You dreamed you were chained to a cliff,
gnawing at your liver, you dreamed you were
falling and falling,
but now you know that you can't fall.
And you breathe in the light of stars-
Sirius brightest of all-and your flesh takes in
that light, and you listen
for the sound of feathers,
for the slow thrum of your blood that never lies,
and you lift up your arms to the night,
certain you can fly