People Are Planets…

…that do sometimes collide.
We explore those planets
when we go inside
another person’s thought and feeling,
discover what
the silver atmosphere’s concealing:
Different laws of nature may apply
to different creatures under different sky.

A world may be hostile
to our hearts, our breath…
May lead us far astray
into confusions and delusions,
even into death.

Yet some planets do
attract us by the soul,
and so connect us,
thus between us, we are whole:
through the cosmos twirling,
side by side,
sharing sun and stars above,
meeting together
cosmic storm and tide…

CL Redding, 2001

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