How do you become a former painter?
with mother soon to be in the air
your birth rite returned to its lawful
place, somewhere beneath the
(They say it leaves a scar like a smiley face.)
Without this choice you will come undone
and float upward,
an untethered balloon-bursting below the sun
raining down on the unsuspecting,
teeth, hair, eyes.
Unlikely unseemly a dream choice
is made and you are finally relieved
to be in orbit, once again.