Ariel Rising

 

Asphalt

dissolves

under

my feet

as the sun

wrestles

frigid air

from

barren

trees.

 

Thighs,

calves,

lungs,

heart,

arms

merge

as

my breath

grows heavy

with

the cold;

without

warning,

I am not.

 

Earth,

air,

fire,

water

are

body and breath;

I am

no element

for I am now

every element,

as the sun

recedes

behind

more radiant

light.

 

Everything

and Nothing

coalesce —

on an invisible

horizon my

breath expands

in flaming nostrils,

hooves bolt

unbridled

in warm

blond sand,

crystalline

sea waters

engulf

an unyielding

surge of

black equine power,

and my heart

bursts in

a gallop

of singular

strength

and grace.

 

Untethered,

luminescence

pours from an

ancient memory:

 

I am

God’s lioness,

again.

 

 

 

 

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