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

Marilyn Baszczynski

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a ray of light

photons began a journey
a half million years ago
bouncing grinding churning

from sun's core
through zones of radiation and convection
photosphere and chromosphere

to explode from the solar corona
then it took eight minutes
to cross ninety-three million miles

these very same photons
stream through murky February skies
past slate clouds to burst radiant

on the burnished walnut
of mother's casket
as we stand graveside

all eyes upward turn