by Mike Russell
after Luke Howard's song "Dappled Light"
Light is all around me, breathe
it in and out. Touch it
with a fingertip. Feel the grooves
of light speckle your forehead.
This is love and lust and power.
Light is all around us and it listens.
See if you can listen back to its pulse,
its shimmering gold. I see colours eat
me up but there is no pain.
I am falling through the cosmos
and flying through the sea.
I am found in this open space
and I am free.
Mike Russell is a non-verbal communicating poet with autism and PTSD. He is the leader of Brotherhood of the Wordless, a talented group of likeminded individuals with similar conditions. Mike likes to write and slam his poetry across Meanjin, Australia.
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