Silence Have Mercy


Walking and talking with a friend in the woods.

I look up from the dirt path, 
and out of the blue,
I hear nothing and see everything.

The canopy of trees - the chaotic neural branches - 
the perfect leaves dappled in shadow and diamond light, 
each leaf a universe - my soles tickled by invisible fungi -
each breath nectar…

I am a fire fly  
I am a spore 
I am exploding star dust

The words of my friend bring me back.
In time I was gone for a few seconds.
In no time I was gone for eternity.