SPP: In Flight



In Flight
by Jennifer K. Sweeney


The Himalayan legend says
there are beautiful white birds
that live completely in flight.
They are born in the air,

must learn to fly before falling
and die also in their flying.
Maybe you have been born
into such a life

with the bottom dropping out.
Maybe gravity is claiming you
and you feel
ghost-scripted.

For the one who lives inside the fall,
the sky beneath the sky of all.


Jennifer K. Sweeney received the 2009 James Laughlin Award for How to Live on Bread and Music.

Nita Michelle

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