Jasmine

You got in here by following the rules.
You'll get out by breaking them.

It's a privilege to be born in a body,
the weight of skin, ephemeral
and dark as ununoctium.


But your greatest adventure is beyond
the rim of light, unboundedness.

Dear one, when you go, please leave
an echo of your song, the way a fallen
petal leaves the scent of jasmine,

so that those who truly listen to
what's hidden in silence will close

their eyes to savor this breath
and hear you call from deep inside,
"Don't follow, just dissolve."