The inverted vault of character

 

 

Steep-sided lake between the hills
a trait of character; a cup of mist
obscuring til the sun has burned

and itself slants: afternoon
on stiller days before the waters
take the colour of the sky; the sun

is worn with burning and the night’s
not far. A deep intensity draws out
a lucid form, the inverted vault

of character grows clear: the sky
is starless, but in the mirror
of this indigo their fires appear.

 

 

 

Changes, Days, Lives: Titles
and first lines

 

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