Sometime Around Vespers

Sometime around vespers or matins, still dreaming or about to—
swimming spaceless beyond the stretch where vision is blindness
where photons tumble like Phaëthon from his chariot of fire

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Where time beats that archetypal
echo of rhymed nothingness
pulsing through ALL verse

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Unfulfilled
nothingness
unfulfillable

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Except to those returning soul-side
grooving to the hush between the beats—
the authors of such co-labours as these

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Vespers: evening prayers. Matins: morning prayers, morning birdsong. Phaëthon [fey-uh-thuhn, -thon] In Greek Mythology Phaëthon is the son of Helios, the sun deity. Phaëthon borrowed the chariot of the sun and drove it too close to the earth where Zeus killed him with a thunderbolt to save the world.

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