Saturday, February 02, 2008

The Water Temple

Passing through gardens
in the glare of Roman marble
a haze of white light obscures the green

concentric rings
of would-be fountain
are filled with blooming grass
of white-silver plant angels
a statue of Egairia
that stands like Phidias’ Athena
in the place of the well

like liquid
a pale platform
of mattress
of shower
growing columns
and canopy
vines of sheets
around her

arms and legs
of cream
or baked meringue
lifting the roof of hair

the muscles
as if by a gyroscope
passing between

--Dream International Quarterly
--Residual Fragments

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