Susan Rich

This Could Happen
December 14, 2014 Rich Susan

This Could Happen

 

If you kept walking you would eventually step out of yourself.

You would leave the bones of your body,

 

the bloodlines to all that you loved.

 

You would be free of breasts and legs, liberated

from the eyes of body admirers—

 

To travel this earth again like star lily or skunk flower

 

with the forbearance of golden bees.

If you kept walking out of yourself

 

you could begin again as seawater, as spindrift.

 

Don’t worry you’d say to yourself

you’re a virgin non-body, you’re a witness

 

to ten thousand new worlds.

 

No lungs, no heart, no breath—

Irresistible now, what might you see?

 

A bird’s dying shudder

 

or lovers knotted in a plotline of release?

You’re an example now

 

of nothing, a fountain of nowhere—

Susan Rich is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Cloud Pharmacy, published by White Pine Press. Her awards include a PEN USA Award, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Times Literary Supplement Award. Rich’s poems have appeared in the Antioch Review, New England Review, O Magazine, Pleiades, and elsewhere.