260. 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


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.