The high ruler shimmered on my back as I looked at myself

Then back at him, glaring at me with an intense face

that seared mine, and I could not fight his expression;

I surrendered, burying my face into the chest of Earth

whose green, soft arms embraced me

and whose turning, drifting oceans lapped at my defeated soul

as I lay there, feeling my foe's great laughter


I begged Earth to send me back to the beginning.

I bade it farewell and watched it commit filicide,

taking me under its seas,

feeling myself glide with a sacred serenity

that I recognized as the call of my true mother.