the rainbow straightened his back
so that I could walk across him
to the other side of the horizon.
the stars fell from the sky
like a rain shower of sparks
and illuminated my path
and the moon smiled at me
and gave me a wink and offered
me a cigar, even though he knew I quit,
but the moon is like that, you know?
always the gallant one, and so generous.
and the clouds parted for me
and cleared the way
and I kept walking forward and pressing on
the comets circled twice above me —
sky circles of fire
like open mouths gasping in awe
the heavenly bodies, for one moment in time,
bowed before me
and forbid me my usual acts of modesty
and handed me the praise and forced me
to accept it with open arms.
“It happened once,” spoke the sun,
a brilliant crown of ultraviolet rays
bursting out in all directions for light years to come,
“Revel in the joy of it and the acknowledgement
of what you can do and what you did.”
And then he blinked, and then it was dark,
like I was covered in a blanket of night,
and then I heard him whisper,
“Now, do it again.”