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Halo

 

Becomes a decisive body.

Acts on its ends,

 

which is to say

hands, like cloves,

 

budding flat.

Cuts a water-wheel

 

from its body,

a jenny wheel,

 

Catherine wheels.

It is coastline and,

 

as such, sheet lightning

issuing in fragile exodus

 

and armada. Question

what seems less devolved:

 

flowers wed to hands,

etymologies, stony acts

 

of will or fate.The center

unravels no more easily

 

than a stone:

it spreads in leaves,

 

it erases itself in

strands of brilliance,

 

it unlocks in florets

through the reflective blackness.

from We Are PharaohFind more by Robert Fernandez at the library

Copyright © 2011 Robert Fernandez
Used with the permission of Canarium Books.

Published in Poems Robert Fernandez

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