The first seven skies you did not see

For Aiden

 

The earth abides.

The sky provides the same broad blanket

Stretched ‘cross horizons, thin, moth worn,

protection slim from vacuum icy, dark.

 

The birds still sing their morning song, wisteria still rich and heavy on the vine.

The redbud blooms, and dogwood petals ripple in the wind.

Climate change be damned, it seems we only hurt ourselves.

 

The earth abides.

But orbits shift.

A gash across the heart,

the center does not hold.  

The earth abides.

 

But we do not.

Our breaths do rise and fall and rise and fall and rise and fall again;

we breathe the anguish of existence in an atmosphere bereft of nourishment

as precious as the oxygen.

 

The earth abides.

The sky survives.

Millenia more the sun will shine.

But in the mind,

A universe is reft, in shreds,

No hands can stitch the pieces whole–

A loss immutable.

 

The sky survives.

Its blue too bright.

Thunderous clouds remain diffuse,

The lights refuse

to be the bruise, the heart

Insists.

Persists.

Resists

The loss immutable.

 

The earth abides

But we do not

Our breaths do rise and fall

and rise and fall

and rise and fall again.

Our breaths do rise

and fall

and rise

and fall

and rise

and fall.

 

The sky

will never be

the same

again.

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