Winter Midnight

Winter midnight

is a humming motion of the inner ear

refracted from the trembling air of seconds

after sound.

What moves at midnight

is the lateral indecision of stars

which yet strike straight.

Their vacillation a peculiar refringency:

A bending of light, through the singular elasticity

of night, into waves that shore

on the sonic nerve.

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(No ocean in a seashell,

but hold your ear to the night sky-

in that beating, hear the stars.)

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A train splits space to the south

in a magnification of humming and trembling,

travelling as straight as starlight, but still

a rationale for midnight hearing.

copyright gossamer universe 2017

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