This heart-shaped leaf from cottonwood
dark green & silver-gray
may float down other rivers – say
the Don, by Voronezh... or Eridanos,
through Ravenna (north of Hades)... &
each windblown plum sails
off a shakedy limb, whose spiral
roots corkscrew (like S.S. Normandie
propeller) down into a labyrinthine
seine of mounded knots...
a weedy sea-change (plot
of plots). Black Diamond is crystalline –
common as salt; an octochoron,
cubic prismatic Rex
or tesseractic honeycomb (acorn
beanie, maybe). From her, La Paix
like some Hermione
dances to life again – see
there! Her coracle – l’Éternité!
My raven-tesserae form nature morte.
Venn diagram for Orpheus
bent to his Beatrice-dust
in Adriatic backwater – ‘til brought
up short, like Slocum, John (Shaker
Indian of Puget Sound)
or like Black Elk, who found
her sun-spun gyroscope (stung-sweet Makar).