Tuesday, August 30, 2016

esplanade octet

(Portland, Oregon, August 2016)

blighted leaves fringing sky, the ash trees
catch dazzling glints above the river—

no other life at this moment: Steel
Bridge casts violet shadows on ripples—

buddleja blossoms draw a golden
hum of bees but not one butterfly—

a fish breaks open the black water,
vanishes: such brief transit through light

Jack Hayes
© 2016

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