I slipped on a shard of black ice
and fell up and up and up.

My white shirt joined a group
of permanent press clouds,

but I continued my skyward free fall
my molecules moving farther apart

just as the atmosphere thinned
and slipped away into the void.

Coming out of a coffee break daydream
gravity got back to work

and I felt it assert its authority
over my earthly form.

Gravity let me down gently though.
It acknowledged circumstances were not my fault.

It pulled together twenty trillion raindrops
to form a small ellipse to soften my impact.

I splashed water into instant evaporation
and left a full body impression in damp clay.

copyright © 2018 Kenneth P. Gurney

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