Elizabeth Shield

Firmament - Poem by Elizabeth Shield

The field I was lying in felt like the vertical surface of a cliff
I swore I could see the stars moving from where I lay
It was infinitesimal, but it was there
I tried to synchronize my breathing with the rushing of the wind over me
And I placed myself on that cliff before the universe so effectively
That vertigo pulled at my stomach, when I glanced at my feet.
So I tied a knot around my waist
And connected it to Polaris
Hanging from the center I watched the rotation
And felt it in my mind

A solar wind blew my hair around my face
And whipped the grass of my upright field
I didn't realize how deeply I had fallen
Until it was too late
I could not love another but the heavens
The symphony of deep space was captivating
It drew me in, until earth became a memory
Until I was not myself
But a twinkling in the firmament

Comments about Firmament by Elizabeth Shield

  • Adeline Foster (2/7/2013 4:14:00 PM)

    Sounds something like Edna Millay's 'Renascence'. very good. Read mine - Memory is a Cheating Thing -
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 17, 2013

Poem Edited: Friday, January 18, 2013

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