The Rising – a poem by Laura Foley

The Rising
 
I wait on the mountaintop,
hearing the symphony of wind
in leafless trees, lifting my hair,
rising from unseen streams,
canyons of air, the sound
 
like ocean surf, rising,
falling, rising again.
A few white clouds
sail the sky’s blue sea.
 
Two eagles rise over me,
wheeling infinity symbols
around each other.
 
I wait as the gentle,
unburning, low sun
goldens the weary grass,
the scattered fallen leaves.
 
I wait, but hear only the empty wind,
growing louder, echoing
the emptiness inside me,
rising to meet
the nothing I was seeking.

Laura Foley is the author of seven poetry collections. Why I Never Finished My Dissertation received a starred Kirkus Review and was among their top poetry books of 2019. Her collection It’s This is forthcoming from Salmon Press. Laura lives with her wife among the hills of Vermont. 

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