What is it that you sometimes lose, and then find, that turns the day from bleakness to splendor in an instant? What to call it — that nameless flash, that infusion of un-summoned energy that flies you across a chasm believed uncrossable? On this side, a very capable gloom takes hold of your ankles and refuses to let go. Like a child throwing a tantrum on the floor. Its stubborn weight makes it difficult to walk with any semblance of grace. On this side everywhere you go, you drag an invisible, horizontal sadness with you. On that side, your feet have wings and whatever is so much as grazed by your glance, sparkles. Joy floods your being, gathers at your fingertips, stands ready to be released in the world like a spell. On that side, you live as royalty. Each moment unfolding like a red carpet in front of you. What transports you from this side to that, is a mystery. Nothing calculated or studied does the trick. It is triggered by things that are, but did not plan to be. Like the sight of a hummingbird hovering above a riot of purple flowers. Or a child’s hand stretched towards the moon. Yes. A thing so slight now electrifies you, draws you up, returns you to your proper home. Flouting the laws of gravity and time. And how to explain this feeling? Imagine a blighted apple falling in reverse. Raised up from muddy, trampled ground and reattached, round and whole to its green bough. Free to shine again. A small red sun. It feels…like that.
December 9, 2014
December 9th, 2014 at 10:51 am
You’re a great writer. Has anybody told you that today?
December 12th, 2014 at 4:34 am
This poem really captures that moment when you lose consciousness of yourself and enter into something else connected to….the sense of the universal everything. Great writing.
May 20th, 2015 at 9:40 am
What a wonderfully beautiful text. Thank you very much.
I’m so happy to have met you/r work yesterday.
You have a new grateful reader from now on.
All the best.
August 18th, 2015 at 6:06 am
it’s wonderful. warm and respectful thanks to you