The multifarious facets of this vine
are emerald-veined, to catch
the sun – each tendril-latch
anchors cucumber to mosquito screen.
Shade-ravines along remote highways
or melancholy tamaracks
up north... waltz parallax
on Ocean Road (revolving maze).
Hobo, drowsing at Camp Who-He-
down a culvert, overstepped.
His gravity condensed to mercury –
a silver thread of frozen fire;
sum of all his non-
action, his diffident un-
charity (dead fisheye in the mire).
As if the shining labyrinth,
led inward (part
angel, part beast). One leaden plinth,
one stony-crumb foundation (churled).
One personal scar
of sorrow, raveled far
down Rua Tonimminotaur. Pearled
diamond from Tsyan-Shizi, or
Marienbad – her glance
a glint, a last-chance-
ghost, a smile (for dancing bear).