Jean Tate–One immutable note

Jean Tate—                             One immutable note

a.m. taxi to Jackson Airport 6/15


Crusted eyes awaken


a lemony swathe crosses infinity


(early hour for a soul’s instruction)


translucent yellow stretched atop dark contours


their mix of purple-charcoal bone



like beached whales humming,


abandoned oceans push inward


ridges move toward each other,


kiss along one simple line



Teewinot’s penciled edges



roseate swathes on chiseled faces.


glancing backward, to where grasslands blur


eagle eyes sear ochre into stone



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