When it happens to you the stars will come down
flood down through the top of your head –
their light will fill you up completely.
You will walk vibrating through the dark of a soft summer night
in and out of shadows – past tents strung with lights –
men and women laughing and singing.
You will pass a few people in the dark.
You love them instantly and completely –
star’s light shining on them all.
You will lie wide awake all night
that tremor running through you –
while the air moves from the open window across you.
At dawn you will rise up refreshed and go walking.
You will finally know what it is –
you will finally be ready.
From When It Happens to You Poems by Alice Teeter, copyright 2009, published by Star Cloud Press, Scottsdale, AZ