The Surface

 

At half past twelve the wind appeared – gusts

rearranging fallen leaves – solidity tempered –

at five past two the rain began – short bursts –

silence – between – the distant clouds – illumed

by the sun – a butterfly – timelessness –

yesterday – the afternoon upon

the surface of a pool – blue and white –

I entered it – lap after lap – borne up –

I used to pray while swimming – motion helped –

seeing the light reflected – shadows – depth –

today – a difference – far off – the spirit –

floating – stroke by stroke – at dawn – the sun –

dusk – stars – spiralling – what is –

in duplicate – gold and frankincense.

 

 

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