The Venus of Letting Go
Aphrodite, Innana, Ishtar,
sister planet, morning and evening star,
who proves tawny template for letting go:
oceans vaporized, oxygen, hydrogen
photodissociated and swept aloft
by solar winds, a wedding with the night—
like the walk to the woods on the family farm,
the last Green Contenders grown in the yard,
the jingling keys to the little blue car,
so much to lose and still keep shining bright
amidst the volcanic rubble left of life,
she descends to dark, and returns as light.
She glows, an ode to nothing left but love
throughout the long, dark star struck night.