You may wake up with gravity no longer friendly, your mind floating in another arena You may stand birdlike, unsure of the mastery of walking Everything moving down is moving upwards There may be a bird flinging itself against your window, but it doesn't want in, it wants you to come out And when you step out, and the world is singing a long, lovely musical, everything welds back and nothing is broken but long clutters of clouds, and they are only broken into pure white paintings creating artistic promises that you can suddenly read
Phibby Venable Phibby Venable's work has been published in 2River, Poetrybay, Southern Ocean Review, Sow's Ear, Voices, Appalachian Journal and various other national and international magazines. She is the author of three chapbooks, four books of poetry, and a book of short stories. Venable won the Virginia Water Project Award and was nominated for the governor’s award for Volunteer Excellence. She is active in animal rescue. Venable was also nominated by Goldfish Press for the Pushcart Prize in 2009, and by Quill and Parchment Press in 2012. She lives in a valley between the Appalachian and Blue Ridge mountains in Southwest Virginia.