Imaginary Bonds

Bonnie Michael


Like rings around Saturn

the furies of her life encircle her.

Not knowing she is the planet,

she gives them power.


Her prison sky looms endlessly.

Her other lives were long ago:

she cannot seem to remember them,

cannot seem to find their moons.


When the time is right, she will know

the galaxy is more than Saturn-

she is not held by imaginary bonds

nor blinded by falling stars.