FLYING INSIDE YOUR OWN BODY
by Margaret Atwood.
- •"Your lungs fill & spread themselves,
- •wings of pink blood, and your bones,
- •empty themselves and become hollow.
- •When you breathe in you'll lift like a balloon
- •and your heart is too light & too huge,
- •beating with pure joy, with pure helium.
- •The sun's white winds blow through you,
- •there's nothing above you,
- •you see the earth now as an oval jewel,
- •radiant & seablue with love.
- •It's only in your dreams you can do this.
- •Waking, your heart is a shaken fist,
- •a fine dust clogs the air you breathe in;
- •the sun's a hot copper weight pressing straight
- •down on the think pink rind of your skull.
- •It's always the moment before the gunshot.
- •You try & rise but you cannot."