phantastery




ancient forest
filaments of sunlight
illume the dust


beyond sparrow song
the moon’s highlands and craters
shimmer like glass


a blackbird
amid clusters of snowdrops
pecking for food


blackbirds chatter
between thundery showers
dusk gathers


black mirror
in the evening sunshine
raven’s plumage


Neptune blue
the color of the sky
the sun left behind


the blue of her eyes
reflecting the blue of the ocean
between us


red coat and red hood
she carries a blackbird’s song
behind closed lips


crescent moon
wreathing the horizon
turquoise dusk


dalmatian
ever-changing
sun patches


Apollonian dawn
we discover dried tears
under our eyes


Valentine’s day
the chocolates I received
eaten by her


days of rain
seep into the underground
earthworms wriggle


delicate colors
petals infused with light
stained-glass crocus


in her eyes
a forgotten encounter’s
resplendence


faint traces of a
shadow after sunless days
half-imagined warmth


gleaming fields
the rain shower left
its fragrance


floating weightlessly
I hear icebergs calving
clouds in the sky


flowerless scent
blossoming on the veranda
another lodger


in the foggy copse
across the railroad tracks
a young cat frolics


half-molten chocolates
I give them back to her
white day


in Heracleion
a colossus stands waiting
algae-covered stone


inching closer
during this gelid dawn
Venus and moon


a kite
above wind-swept meadows
feathery red


jajangmyeon
left uneaten on her plate
black day


magnetic light
tints her bismuth eyes
summer festival


a magpie
glides into the spring storm
halftone sky


moss clings to wet stone
deep in the mausoleum
a cat’s soft miaow


muddy light
the old pond quivers
under her gaze


yellow scent
a butterfly
remembers its name


on a northbound train
a sudden whiff of chlorine decays
into a memory of her


hothouse orchid
scattering lustrous photons
gusty snowfall


heavy snowfall
the pallor of your voice
crystallizes


parched throat
the July sun glistens
on her lips


yellow pins
on a map of Hudson Bay
unfound shores


a single praline
I recognize the handwriting
Valentine’s day


prismatic light
in a rain-soaked canopy
a sleepless sloth


reluctant eyes
she slips the grilled fish
into her mouth


milk-white shell
pale against her hand
spindrift


spearmint green
the coldness of her eyes
as she sips her tea


dark strands of ocean
curl around a thin snail shell
the link in the void


sylvan cathedral
misty droplets of sunlight
trickle down


black thunderclouds
daffodils swaying in the wind
twice yellow


pale thunderhead
amidst endless azure
a sheer cliff


yellow light
streams from a train’s windows
midnight passes