waking up

©2023 michael raven

he sang:

"everything is beautiful
because everything is dying"

autumn words
tugging my soul
screaming "yes"
just like it did
reading the perfect
sentence of the girl
on the balcony
doing nothing
much at all &
yet everything that
was anything at all

i sighed a heavy sigh
in love with the only
love left to love

what can you do
except accept &
sing along?

sha na na na na naaah na...


The apartment below mine had the only balcony of the house. I saw a girl standing on it, completely submerged in the pool of autumn twilight. She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.

J.D. Salinger, A Girl I Knew