• Vol. 09
  • Chapter 11
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In chiaroscuro

Clouded leopard paces
on pillowy pads,
claws retracted;
then leaps
in soft westerlies
from cloud-stacks: high
over dots of stars
in carbon darkness;
over billowing palms;
over quiet ripples…
to watch
with incandescent eyes
infant whales spouting
in warm volcanic waters
under triple crescent moons:

pure bliss
in chiaroscuro.