Afraid to look back, hiding the secrets of her intimacy,
he can only shed light on the truths revealed to all.
Shy to the present, she reveals all to eternity.
Her vulnerable past shelters her in false security.
She fears little, gliding in the heights of the stratosphere.
Her coyness may be the only armor she requires,
surrounded by the icy embrace of darkest depths,
her dreams of a star she keeps a secret.
A gentle glow vibrates at the center of her gravity,
the pulse growing to unimaginable breadth.
She may conquer the neighboring galaxies
as she escapes from the dangers below.
Her future will be safe as she continues to ascend,
faithful to the distant moon, worshipped by the sun.
I will follow her luminous shadow at a distance
to protect the passion, sole source of her being.
Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and many other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, San Pedro River Review, and other publications.