We waited for hours in copper caves
what menace was compelled to unleash this
cloud of unknowing melting
into unexpected brightness at the margin?
† Grape trio
††††††††††††††††† ripening softly
††††††††††††† into the eyes where light
†††† †††develops into a cumulus of panthers
††††††††† gone purple
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† gone soft & blur-like, like summer
†††† almost like light trapped in amber
or†† planets that detach from their gravity
fields, or clover
††††††††††††††††††††††† suddenly on fire
†fleeting as the float of clouds
† foam on a dogís mouth
a Syrian summer dust storm
††††††††††† serious as ore
†silver†† before it is polished.
An insinuation of peach
warms too late for layers of silver
nothing cold as glacier blue but
almost a feeling of rapture, †
† wax†† is a hillside of barren ground
†††††††††††††††††††††††††† like a Schuman melody
†††††††††††† turning Turner contemporary as milk
††††††† or pearls that have no light of their own
†††††† ††††††††††††††A sudden impact.†† You turn the corner
††††† & become alive to the beauty of change
††† mutability is like that,
††††††† my latent impulses, turn them
† all into shape, the vigor of spontaneity
†† given the heat of an oil stick
††††† to preserve.
†††††††††††††††††††††††† Thatís what wax is for
††††††††† it waxes and wanes†† ebbs and
†††††††††††††† flows into eternal change.
†† She was not sure whether it was
sunrise or light crashing through winter.
††† The valleys are black or darker
††††††† like when Leonardo dipped his brush into paint &
turned it around in the mind
†lapus lazuli perfect in its imperfections.
I waited for the distant emerald
flash, but a quiter burst than Augustís sun
†copper hills of Wyoming††† thunderstorms
†††† †††††††dragonflies erased the azure dreamís distance. Now
†revealed as an alphabet of wax
†† letters that fell to the floor of the mailbox
††††††††† in a memory of fire
†††††††††††††††† or the sheen of an estuary
†††††††† in early December cold in the desert
††††††††††† are only one hallucination that reconnect us
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† to the source.
& Paul Nelson
5:25PM Ė 9.13.05