By water’s edge I realize the great bird’s presence.
First, a momentary shadow dancing across the shoreline. Next, leaping over waves, and then back
above the trees.
I am small prey
in the open, before tilting my head to heaven.
Gliding on some airborne path of heat
purest white, on black, on blue;
ancient god, on earth, in Love –
he dances alone; an aerial soul in single purpose:
to carry Life on wings outstretched.
Ancient silent hymns are rising.
All that is ‘my world’ evaporates in the presence of this
dark mystic who has crossed eons of time and dignified the ancestors
by righteously (and fiercely) ascending over and over
to balance on the edge of timelessness.
there is no shadow against the terra firma,
there is no me,
nor is there an earth-bound longing for something lost from Grace,
there is only this flight.
There is only a perfect continuum of the dance.