Lightness of Being
A beam plays on the yew branches that bow with ruby beads.
I cannot unfasten the catch on the old wooden gate, where we often stopped to read the plaque to a fallen hero. It is almost as if I shouldn't be here and yet I must, I must …
I fiddle and rattle and all the while the radiance spreads over the trimmed hedges, between the spindly stems of aged shrubs over the freshly-cut grass to the lichen-covered stone wall.
Into the black earth, into its cimmerian depth I sink in a pale shaft.
How light it is, how light!
moonless night –
the Big Dipper scoops
all the black