Dreams of the Ecliptic

To change a girl into a kite,
+++ tell her that love is the moon.

To teach a tree to sing,
+++ put a harp under its branches.

To change a bowl of dust into a planet,
+++ paint watercolor rings around the ecliptic.

To change the sky into a dream,
+++ put a song into a hammock.

To melt an ice cube,
+++ light a fire under the map of the constellations.

To write a symphony in a major key,
+++ plant a rainbow under the apple tree.

To create a universe,
+++ ride on a meteor shower
++++++ as the archer shoots a path of light
+++++++++ across the sky.

When the sun rises for the first time,
+++ fill the sky with your singing.




About the Poet:
Diane Frank is author of Swan Light, Entering the Word Temple, and The Winter Life of Shooting Stars. Her friends describe her as a harem of seven women in one very small body. She lives in San Francisco, where she dances, plays cello, and creates her life as an art form. She teaches at San Francisco State University and Dominican University.  Blackberries in the Dream House, her first novel, won the Chelson Award for Fiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  She is editor of the bestselling anthology, River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the 21st Century.   www.dianefrank.net.



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