She startles me
suddenly appearing on the horizon.
Large and orange,
five times her normal size.
She hovers, as if testing the waters.
I enjoy her dark light
flashing through the branches.
Disappearing behind rolling hills.
I thrill with each glimpse as we fly
through the night toward home.
Slowly she starts
rising… and brightening to a creamy white.
Shrinking as she goes,
until she resembles a rice bowl tipped on its side.
As the forest closes in
home is now minutes away.
Though high in the sky,
Nokomis plays hide-and-seek in the branches.
I keep her in sight until my neck aches from the effort.
As she flies high, shining brightly,
her brilliance catches my eye.
Again and again, we connect.
I love her with a great gratitude
as her bowl pours goodness and light into the sky.