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Flying Inside Your Own Body

Your lungs fill & spread themselves,
Wings of pink blood, and your bones
Empty themselves and become hollow.
When you breathe in you’ll lift like a balloon
And your heart is light too & huge,
Beating with pure joy, pure helium.
The sun’s white winds blow through you,
There’s nothing above you,
You see the earth now as an oval jewel,
Radiant & seablue with love.
It’s only in dreams you can do this.
Waking, your heart is a shaken fist,
A fine dust clogs the air you breathe in;
The sun’s a hot copper weight pressing straight
Down on the think pink rind of your skull.
It’s always the moment just before gunshot.
You try & try to rise but you cannot.

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Poem Flying Inside Your Own Body - Margaret Atwood