What we know crashes through us

like Lake Michigan

in September. I ride on

this knowing, flat

on my back, arms outstretched,

blue lapis on

my throat, on my forehead,

and there is a star directly above me

which is already dead,

which somebody has already named.

It is attached by a kite string

to my center, I can feel it

tugging when the wind blows.

Brian Janisse (Nov. 17) adds, “Lapis Lazuli is a beautiful stone whose color represents the throat and crown chakras (bodily energy centers), and is said to bring deep peace and inner self-knowledge. I had found such a stone, unaware of its spiritual properties, and felt compelled to meditate with it under the night sky.

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