Carried Away Alice Friman The Rapture must have been cancelled. The only sudden flight I’ve seen belongs to the bird nesting in my begonias who takes off each time I open the door. Too bad. I was sure I’d be chosen: popped out of my comfort zone and sent spinning like a fluff into space, ejected from my rocker, ejected from my shoes, and if you think the Ineffable doesn’t have a sense of humor, my clothes. The crack of doom and all that, the barometric pressure of the moment, all mountains awake and marking time. And I’m rising in a column of fire—all the wane and wax of my days melting off and away until like a naked wick vibrating my string I soar into the arms of Orion. So what if the pot roast scorches on the stove, and Grandma, locked frantic in the bathroom, ends her days jiggling a knob? A favorite is a favorite. Why shouldn’t it be me, picked for the big prom in the sky, queen of the blue gymnasium decorated with stars. No dress, no corsage. The only embellishment, a wee spark for the bellybutton, enabling me to fit into the whirling void of the empyrean, filling gaps in the zodiac so that those left behind can look up and read the little of what’s left of their fortunes while admiring my beatific shine. Alice Friman has new work in the Georgia Review, the MacGuffin, the Missouri Review Online, Subtropics, the Women's Review of Books, and others. Her sixth full-length collection of poetry is The View from Saturn (Louisiana State University Press, 2014). She lives in Milledgeville, Georgia, where she is poet-in-residence at Georgia College & State University. Carried Away appears in our Summer 2015 issue.