Behind the cement wall, an engine rises in my belly,
Unseen but for the shark's tail
I, with the mind-less courage of a warrior
Run lithe, muscles gleaming steely bronze in the blistering sun
A swan yearns its neck skyward, the paradox of everything
Belief suspended before I see the nose
Breaking into "I don't know"
Shout after a bird in the distance,
"Tears for your freedom!"
Fallen on trails through heaven left by a smirking cigar,
"Nothing is for free."
On watching an airplane take off after a long period of not flying during the pandemic.