CONCORDAT PROVISO ASCENDANT
1991 3,365 words
She is beyond you now. Her piscine features embryonic & dissipated with wisdom. Her
nakedness possessed each time a seething harlequin of erectile sequins. Her lips
aching with honey. The sky darkening with dreams.
There is a language to predicate the adoration.
And the water, its essence an alarming grace unfolding past the edge of your control.
Breeding miraculous witness. Command spillover. Trembling mica electron thunder.
Distant blue spruce shimmer vaguely translucent pagodas rising like glass temples
in the dusk. The ammonoid's nacreous lustre, iridescent stage lights in a Cretaceous theatre.
Slow-motion August trees, the Huron clay bluffs blue in the lake haze & at night
the stars rain glittering onto the beach. Pyritized mother of pearl a refraction
so ancient the dreams are blackened. This most Devonian of raptures. A vowel away from the
discrete crystals wherein her rude beauty gives way to angels. Soil the cumulative
evidence of life processes, a recursive matrix & husky skin of utility stretched
over the original rock. Limestone the accumulation of this evidence. As the planet turns into
the photon irradiation of dawn. Our debt to the truth.
Beneath the lake a room. The water is electric. The smallest perturbation being
transmitted through the whole undiminished. For its membrane is the precursor of
the cellular envelope, budding cauldrons at the base of the falls. It is living.
It whispers & moans & there are a thousand voices in the rapids. It is the medium of choice
for internal predators.
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