It happens in an eye-blink, as if
you’ve suddenly awakened from a dream.
Now you are standing behind yourself,
slightly above and a little to the left.
You slowly circle around in an arc
until you’re looking yourself in the eye.
Is that the one you thought you were,
is that one really you?
After an initial fascination, you lose
all interest, turn, and drift away.
You once thought you knew who
you are, but now you have no idea.
This does not seem to bother you at all,
instead you feel a bit giddy, even euphoric.
Once before you felt this, in grammar school —
it was the first day of summer vacation!
You weren’t sure what you were going to do,
but you had all the time in the world to do it.
If you made a mistake it would be a good one,
if you were confused it was alright to be that.
Whatever was before is gone now, old memories
fade away, the future — a fresh and open canvas.
You’ve stepped out of yourself, out of your life.
The endless blue sky awaits your next move.