Looking into the sky on such a night,
I think that if God were a woman,
she would wear this pearl necklace,
and parade about to show the non-believers,
that yes, she does exist. But there
is no movement except for the slim white streak
as a jet passes overhead.
Behind me the muffled sound from a loon
calls out from the black marsh that is hidden
until the morning sun paints it again.
I believe angels exist in the eyes
of women who hold faith in the men
they see in stars, or in a planet's silent rotation.
Dare I dream then, that in a place
too far to imagine or touch, unless
a thousand wings suddenly lifted this body
above all the people watching indifferently
as the fire consumes the rose,
that somewhere, a single face
desires to ride bareback with me
on the white, winged horse that never tires
night after night as it gallops across the universe?