Parabola: The path of a projectile under the influence of gravity.
And we arrived squalling,
after deep immersion in warmth,
projectiles shot into the world, tumbling end
over end, caroming off walls of bent law,
jolting down the rough scree of injustice,
dragging the long tail of generations.
We split the air, the air streaming around us,
feathering up behind in colors only seen
against the dark clouds of history.
What drew us forward was hunger
for justice, memory and longing.
Also, accidents of place, conjunction
of powers, and limits.
How long we ascended,
thrust over gravity!
The arc of ambition, a certain defiance
of inertia and the cost of fuel.
The wide heart of goodness,
the cool fire of sacrifice.
History is a book of stone,
open always to the chapters
that will break your bones
when you fall.
We who are alive
shall be caught up
in the arc of this parabola.
We shall rise and fly,
somehow stay aloft against
the gravity of this hour.