Contentment’s Guest

Like a child
being pushed
for the first time
on a swing
falling up and back and out
into space
gulping at cool air


between screams of terror
and chortling delight

diaphragm drawn


pushing heart and lungs
ever closer to surging

from pallid lips
with anguished anticipation
of unknowable ends
to anxious dreams

He falls back to earth
to regain
reassuring reconnection
with familiar
joyous, laughing
loving arms
and womb-like
to gravity’s terrestrial pull

Joy is
welcomed, beloved guest
simply a lodger
lingering longer
than expected

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