WORDS WRITTEN ABOVE THE JAMES RIVER

 

CLOUD-WISE AND SKYWARD

 

I am the earth.

Rooted to this spot.

A river bluff blustery with leaves

waiting for wandering words to transform them

into places where trees believe in their roots,

a distant bank of clouds beyond sunset daring

to speak to us

about the light on the other side of them

making their edges glow like warmest memories

as I stretch out my hands to feel the hem of this garment,

birds flying through me,

amazed that I never saw the sky inside me

for myself

until now.

 

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