is a humming motion of the inner ear
refracted from the trembling air of seconds
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.
(No ocean in a seashell,
but hold your ear to the night sky-
in that beating, hear the stars.)
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.
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