Indices

light leafs the tree’s candle

a star left behind, in every face

the moon has shown,

somewhere itself 

among swirling planets of jellyfish 

zodiacal encyclopedias light up 

the resystematic universe, shower 

tentacle tailed meteor flickers

–                                                

                                               raindrops

caught in time’s flux,

pale blue shadowdust, whispers

of what is missed

a child’s language, left out

in the watery black night 

to unbound a cosmos,

speckle clad in pearlescent clams,

amid the curdled phosphorescence 

of our silver river’s straw wintered way

a depth met both beyond and beneath

oceans that keep her lost and dotting 

the restless chaos of the cryptic stars,

touching a profile in the constellations 

she can know longer reach or see

in word’s drawing memory 

but find somewhere, above 

the ebb of fatherless moonlight

all the letters written back

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