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    Giving Way

    by Dianne Bilyak

    In our world nothing sets, it turns.
    Galileo observed this through a weak lens,
    saw the strongest of Jupiter’s moons
    as four points of light
    shifting their positions in time.

    And even when he could not,
    he discovered they were only
    concealed by the cyclic eclipses
    of steady, celestial motion,
    by rotations herding the galaxy
    to keep its outer rim sharp.

    She was like that planet
    carrying twice the weight
    of all the others combined,
    her red eye set to glare,
    her surface pulsating with
    temperatures so extreme
    landing was futile.

    I told her, try this:
    open the mouth and say Ah,
    then Ah Lay, then Ah Lay Lu,
    then all of them together
    with a Ya at the end.

    This is joy.

    It doesn’t come at once,
    it comes in pieces
    like stairs and lifts you.
    Or swings like a gate in the wind.
    When it’s slightly ajar
    you should push through,
    wander around,
    maybe sing.

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