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the eagle's gift.

There are many, so many

who have walked this earth

before me

 

stones in a path

leading somewhere

 

and what can I see ?

 

only this:

that I can see

the funny edge of the world

and that I am not alone

but that we are indeed rarer

than one might imagine.

 

More than once in my life

a strange ripple of laughter has spread

across my skin

and,

as someone older & wiser than I

once said,

 

that when faced with the infinite,

 - aware of it or not -

laughter is all we have,

a shield

to defend ourselves

and maybe slip by the eagle unnoticed.