Friday, July 03, 2009
AN ATOLL IN THE MIND
Out of what calms and pools the cool shell grows
dumb teeth under clear waters, where no currents
fracture the coral's porous horn
Grows up the mind's stone tree, the honeycomb,
the plump brain coral breaking the pool's mirror,
the ebony antler, the cold sugared fan.
All these strange trees stand upward through the water,
the mind's grey candied points tend to the surface,
the greater part is out of sight below.
But when on the island's whaleback spring green blades
new land over water waves, birds bring seeds
and tides plant slender trunks by the lagoon
I find the image of the mind's two trees, cast downward,
one tilting leaves to catch the sun's bright pennies,
one dark as water, rooted among the bones.