Grace Paley





One Day I Decided

One day I decided to not grow any older
lots of luck I said to myself
(my joking self)    then I looked up at the sky
which is wide    its blueness    its whiteness

low on my left    the steamy sun rose    moved

I placed my hand against it    my whole hand
which is broad from pinky to thumb    no    my
two hands    I bared my teeth to it    my teeth
are strong    secure on their gold posts    I breathed
deeply    I held my breath    I stood on my toes    ah

then I was taller    still the clouds sailed
through me    around me    it’s true    I’m just
like them    summertime water that the sun 
sips and spits into this guzzling earth