She is lithe, with dishwater blonde hair, and a distant look in her eyes.
A black and white beanie, and dark loose clothes, and the ghost of a smile.
An ember of some past joy, some long ago dream come true, flickers alight
And for a moment, her feet raise off the ground, and life feels sweet again.
As she walks home, she stops, and looks up at the sky, rarely clear and clean.
The city lights chases away the heavens, but a few pinpricks of the angels light
Still get to her here, on this cold and bitter night, and they are sweet manna.
Still light in this darkness, in this city, in this world it’s so easy to believe God forgot.
In her little apartment, with the plants she nurtures, and the place she can hope
Or cry or just simply be, try for the quiet as the traffic and shouts come through
Thin walls, she starts to make her evening meal, and somewhere in the darkness,
A quasar beats the rhythm, a code from the distance: “It can still be well.”