dawning you

and crossing
far north
my phantom
surreptitious tracings
echo
gravity’s child
a whisper
and you there
aurora borealis
casting
ethereal
and captivating
waves rebound memory
upon pools
your eyes
softened by
the lantern
he bore high
above you
a tear
a nectar
even love
cannot compare
the time stood
alone
between earth
and sky
mirroring the light
and merging
colored unity
crystalline joy
and yellow
rose

– Previously Published 1999
Ashcroft and Peterson in Renga Rounds

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