maybe the universe
puzzles over theories
go find it….
inquiry for today~ you’re gonna remember somehow
She walks, as if from a dream, into your life,
ribboned hair unraveling, brown eyes
like cups of tea, come to whisper
a secret into your trembling ear.
You try hard not to listen, clinging
to your calendar, your achievements,
your loneliness, until the silver ache
of it all spreads through your limbs
and she holds out her hand across
the ravine, and you see how the chasm
is not empty, but filled with a rushing
river, and you can swim until
you become fish and flow, until
you are the ancient stream
emerging from stone,
until her face becomes yours.
~Christine Valters Paintner