chagall backdrop

All that had been steady, settled-in around,
comes suddenly rushing

The hundreds of birds in the canopy
react as one spontaneous response
to startling

The indescribable things underfoot thunder by
as a single heterogeneous herd

I brace and move against this flow,
and strangely, never am touched,

I advance to the source
of impetus

At the edge

It’s not hard to step
off the edge

The sign says
no backtrack from here

If this were real life
I would fly

© Chagall 2014