Climbing toward the lip of that cliff,
how have followed my love
over the pockmarked surface of this earth,
kissing his feet,
being felled by stones thrown by madmen
who call my sight insanity. Far more than a whore, my mind has known
mysteries reserved until now for dead things.
My skin has grown miles beyond my shell,
so that it touches All at all times.
I hide my sight, pretending to see only
three inches in front of me. Hungry men, leave.
You will never see anything
but flesh when you look at me.
It is easier to huddle here alone
with the winged ones than to scramble
through the mud with blind things.
With no brush, how can I paint
for the sightless? As moonlight wrinkles the skin of the sky
I bring my sacred bones to rest upon jagged stones.
I sing my secrets to the stars.
They whisper back.
I lay me down now in this rocky crag,
surrender myself to the breast of the earth. My love has left me for heaven.
I am alone.
The only solace I have ever known
wraps around me like a cloud. I fall into the arms of God.