You will not notice the moment of release.
There will be no fanfare
to note the event
as you float out to sea in your sleep,
no teary farewell waves from shore,
no bottle of champagne
cracked across your bow.
You will simply wake up one day,
staring at a random item from the toiletries aisle
missing your exit on the 101
reading the same line three times, badly,
trying too hard
laughing too loud
crying too easily,
and realize not only that you feel wobbly
and a little pissy around the edges,
but that it has been a long, long time
since you touched real ground.
Here is the thing
the moment you notice,
you are back.
Not back and hale, perhaps,
not back and fixed,
back and firm, but
back, baby, BACK.
You start again now,
Someone turns the sound back on,
ranchero music, the axe-murderer ice-cream truck,
Somebody cues the scruffy dog
with a bead on that squirrel,
throws something on the grill a block away.
And here you are again,
10 and 40 all at once,
you are you,
you are alive,
you are moving across the Earth
under the sun,
you are a million miracles made whole
right this second.