Poem of the Week: Levitation

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By Andrew Nicholson

First Childhood Miracle

Even an inch is sky.

We try it,
a toe at a time. I
falcon my ankle

to hunt a higher step.
The game of it—
two kids

trying to fly
by oak trunk, by nerve
and sunken sinew.

But the fall.
But you see me tumble
under all

you quicken above.
Oak limbs fan wide
like a lily awake.

Even an inch is sky.

How would they classify
what you are up there—
a human is more caged

than fluttered,
the fern-wren more instinct
than revelator you.

image by Rosilyn Young @ http://www.drunkencows.com

Published by cpoetrymsu

The Center for Poetry opened in the fall of 2007 to encourage the reading, writing, and discussion of poetry and to create an awareness of the place and power of poetry in our everyday lives. We think about this in a number of ways, including through readings, shows, community outreach, and workshops. We are at work building a poetry community at MSU and in the greater Lansing area. Contact: cpoetry@msu.edu (517) 884-1932 http://www.poetry.rcah.msu.edu

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