shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Chuck Salmons

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after Landscape 14.18
monotype by Alice Carpenter, 2014

with thanks to Brian Eno

Like a conch shell
marooned in fine-grained sand,
its strange quiet dangling
on the end of a thin cord,
we watch, wonder what waits
in the moonglow manner
of our dreaming, the way we're left
to our own secret place
under stars always returning,
we spectators held at bay
by our own reticence to plunge
silver-lunged into the fray
of the deep blue dawn.