Day and night comes much the same
as an evening of time—not ticked,
but slurred one word into the next
like a soloist might his octaves
into prolonged song. Soft and low
at first, a rumbling from a dusty
cave of lungs, a subtle clearing
of the passageways for all things
since the common miracle of rain.
Well-short of whole, she learns
to breathe again, her heartbeat sure
awakens color deep within her flesh
for the moment, and then the next
until she’s fit for more natural activities,
more normal rules for mortals to abide
in her simple service and generosity.
It’s an old tune we have forgotten,
a harkening of high notes for sopranos
and baritones to blaze before us
as she awakens. Dark or light, her each
new breath is ours come back to life.