Make sure to rope yourself to such posts as the smells
of jasmine and rain in the evening, or the sound
of blackbirds plucking worms before the dark swells over.
Ease into the rush. Lift one limb at a time.
Practice opening one eye, then two – one nostril,
then both. Wiggle your toes, loose your legs.
Don’t thrust yourself eagerly into the unmeasured leap.
Prepare yourself for the glare of the other side,
for the encounters. To some you will be a stranger,
and you can’t tell anyone where you’ve been.