The sky calls me to hilltops
or maybe just reflects the call
burst forth inside my own heart;
pounding like a drum,
writhing until it finds its way
through my arteries and through my skin
and out into air.
I want to drink the entire sky!
Uncultivated and unbounded,
and hold within myself
the power of its depth
for one moment of immensity!
Its vastness pours in through my throat,
trying to fit inside my chest,
swelling and trembling and
streaming back out through the spaces
between my ribs
forcing them apart, widening
opening like spreading wings
like dilating eyes
setting free my soul;
the Earth breathes deeply
and I am listening.
Listening for the wild and thundering
heart of life,
pumping the gift of sacred light
in everlasting circulation, undulating
on a forever shifting course;
through all ephemeral bodies;
incandescent beneath the surface,
undying under fading skin;
coursing through all the Earth’s veins
and deepest arteries
and flooding my own, all aglow,
which carry the boundless sky
from my lungs
to the furthest reaches of my fingertips
and the earthbound soles of my feet.