Hail the Traveler

photography by Susa SilvermarieHow briefly we live in a body
and bathe in these graces:
the flash of a vermilion bird;
the forgiveness of rain;
lilacs wafting, deliriant in air.

Sliding out to stars,
today my friend has gone.

From elsewhere
she urges me to cherish
a concert by crickets;
the comfort of clean sheets;
every friendship, every tick of time.

©Susa Silvermarie 2024

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