Leaving the Room
This is the trick: Get out of where you are in your deliberate home—kitchen gestalt in paring knife, colander, clocksure ribs of juicer, every perfect thing in synch and place, spigot and looking glass; bookshelves that loom the living room—and limn yourself into the doorway, a safe place to fail against, neither this room nor that. Now splay soles into dovetails, hands to jamb. Exert flush full against the frame. You will yield first, but wait—hold it a spell. Hold hard. Quake. Tick off sixty down to naught. This is the trick the young play on themselves, seeking a swerve from known to nigh, ceding to ghost stunt, nerve and reflex. Once the countdown swoons to none, release your stance, loose self, tilt shelves, welcome the phantom rising: two freed arms in flight from sill and you, will shilling its own sleight.