After a Libation to Apollon

the same prayers each day
(or are they steady, tree-slow growth)
renewing with each fresh-day moment

eye contact — the image a gravity well
astonishment, gratitude, love
stunned silent into speech
swept into an updraft, unexpected

do I feel the patter of diamond rain on Jupiter
the push and pull of sublunary oceans
the Sun’s steady breath as its photosphere pulsates
Sagittarius A* anchoring galactic circuits
neutron stars’ inspirals to cataclysm
cascades of light beyond event horizons
our universe’s history lain out in unity
one perfect moment — alive

speech becomes silence, ringing down
perhaps I have not plunged dysphotic into difference
after all, a bud takes time to open
its sweet brilliance a patient joy

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