Beyond the Pane

Greg Hewett

 
The frescoed cloister is closed.
No echo of omniscience
escapes to wind or metaphor.
A cottage holds three bowls,
earthen and chipped, on a table
made of planks smoothed by the surf.
One holds buttermilk;
another, tomatoes pale as moons;
the third, eggs the color of sand.
On the sill you would place a globe
of ivory roses to echo
the dolphin skull beyond the pane,
and think how sonorous, how bold,
this science of solitude.
 
From darkacre by Greg Hewett. Copyright 2010 by Greg Hewett. Used by permission of Coffee House Press: www.coffeehousepress.org.

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