Night stands before me she is waiting, and I am grateful for her invitation to recline in the silence of her arms as the cold sheets of absence softly warm to my blood sloughed of demands the busyness of daylight hours now drift and fade like the clothes I've shed my mind falls open and naked in the bliss of time to waste I stretch and snuggle find that soft breath space unclench the knot in my core reach for a book with stories to unwind and weave among my dreams of science and its measures I step back through the years to be present at the moment our understanding changed when a mind leapt beyond the known and grasped the possibility of the future I inhabit.
Michele Fermanis-Winward lives on Darug and Gundungurra lands in the Upper Blue Mountains of the World Heritage National Park in New South Wales, Australia. She is the recipient of a Varuna Writer’s Space Fellowship. Michele is currently working on her seventh collection of poetry. She comes from a background in visual arts and her work is imagist based. Michele’s poetry draws on her lived experience of mental illness and autism. She is inspired by science, social justice and the natural environment, by our responsibility to the planet and its future health.