Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Jennifer K. Sweeney: "In Flight"

The Himalayan legend says
there are beautiful white birds
that live completely in flight.
They are born in the air,

must learn to fly before falling
and die also in their flying.
Maybe you have been born
into such a life

with the bottom dropping out.
Maybe gravity is claiming you
and you feel

For the one who lives inside the fall,
the sky beneath the sky of all.

"In Flight" by Jennifer K. Sweeney. Text as published in How to Live on Bread and Music (Perugia Press, 2009, Florence, MA). © Jennifer K. Sweeney. Reprinted with permission of the poet.

Art credit: "Flight," oil on canvas, painting by Marina Petro.

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