A Start ... Then Recognition

The hair on my head rises!

My eyes widen into growing circles,
to take it all in.

Then brows up, rippling like
from a stone hitting water.

Shoulders follow, up to my ears,
and push my arms into a hug
to protect my soul.

Hands are there, ready;
to hold my life breath,
and protect my senses.

First reaction, then growing understanding;
realizing no threat,
I can exhale in expressions of joy!


Julie Avery

Image of Mask
        Papua, New Guinea mask. Photo by Stephanie
        Wottreng, MSU Museum Collections.

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