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A Drawer Full of Oranges

Carlos Valentin III
On Vision (January 2021)
Inward Light

Sliding forward, upward pucker
soft and fresh, pore
to first slick of spring dew.

An ancient etymology.
Syllables underfoot
unfolding across continents,
thousand-year scroll unscraped,
each overwritten character
layering through, spelling new words
with old ink,

parchment unrolled and pinned
between the stained face
of a driftwood table and a bowl.

Shadow glazing white clay
against bruise of knotted branch-scar
and a splinter-snagged tuft of fleece
from the coat of a drowned sailor;
to look into the unfired basin
Is to deny a void, to regard a reflection
without hinge or handle –

the suggestion of eyes, the roof of a nose,
lips like elbowed reeds and the elfish taper
of an ear, but not the ear itself.

A final finger to the surface,
and each ripple defines a prayer
toward Vedic crown of sunlight.

—25 April, 2018
    for Sharla Ronstadt

Poetry concepts of God

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