July 25th, 2009

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Like a Cloud


Today I held an unspeakable happiness in my hand
and threw it into the open mouth
of a cloud.
The cloud laughed and laughed, louder and louder
until the sound circled the earth
and covered the land.
I raised my hands into the sky,
empty palms collecting sweet rain
that fell like mist.
Joy increased a hundredfold, and I looked around
to see the people in their rafts
catching the baptism with open mouths.
They closed their eyes and dropped their umbrellas,
and I watched as tiny oceans
formed in upside-down worlds.
I looked into my reflection
and I smiled at the recollection
of water welled up
beneath my eyes.