Moon Lake, end of September afternoon (XI.17.08) . . . Eagle Cap Wilderness
On the road in the American Northwest.
Here is a little set of three 37-step poems which plays
with the theme of mirrors, of the reflection not just of light,
but also of sound. In order for a variation form like this
to really flower, one needs to do them in sets or sequences.
Try reading them out-loud to get a sense of how the rhythms
and accents change in surprising ways while at the same time
still keeping to the basic 37-step pattern:
Mirrors of Light & Sound
High walls of contrast,
flat surface of an alpine lake, giv-
ing back the light of clouds and moon
stars. Mind of Earth, eye
that rejects none, accepting all.
Flat, even surface
of neutrality, water re-
flects, receives both a god's self-love,
and the thoughts
of humble fishes
caught in the swirl of a moth's wings.
Mirrors made of sound,
piano-forte of my mind,
sets of strings tuned to resonate
with the voice
of Love's sympathy.
O sound of the soul, eternal.
Pine Lakes Camp,
Eagle Cap Wilderness,
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