Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "The Door in the Sky"

This poem came out of the March 2, 2010 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by this surreal photo from tonithegreat. It was sponsored by xjenavivex.


The Door in the Sky


Air I am,
nothing of Earth,
no mote of it in me,
for all I have walked upon it,
reft of my rightful wings.

Air I am,
nothing of this world,
its matter no more than illusion,
as fragile and transparent as glass;
I can see right through it,
but I cannot pass that way.

Air I am,
and it answers to me,
shaping itself into storm,
a great grey beast breathing in the sky;
we are kindred spirits still.

Air I am,
and it calls to me,
making a white door in the sky,
forest of another land stirring its leaves,
breeze of a distant heaven blowing,
if only I could go to it.

Air I am,
at last tearing free
of my bonds, rising, banking --
the bright way before me a blinding gate
and the wind pasting my hair to my face
then the shuddering boom as door slams behind me.

Air I am,
released into myself and the
sweet birth-pain of my wings breaking through
the skin of my back and opening to dry themselves
in the high hot breath of this new world.
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