Instructions for crossing

It’s a life, they say:
don’t sorrow, look straight

into the eye of the sun.
Someone will hold

your head in their palm
when you give yourself

to that indigo expanse.
Salt and metals; bismuth,

calcite, lanthanum,
fringed with the deeper

origins of rain. Remember
to tuck a bronze coin

in each palm before
the craft starts moving

and you skim the surface
with outstretched hand.

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