Amethyst

amethyst

—San Juan, 1960
.
beyond Morro’s walls
shed roofs slide to the sea
fuming white and green below

under its parapets of bone
the poor are jammed. alone
beyond breakers the sea spreads

bluegreen to New York

later, my ship on swells
at bobbingdusk
on sea of lavenderglass
sky’s hue too, a rippleless
undulating mass of liquid glass
—drink, my eyes insist

I am indistinct in this boundless
fallingrising amethyst
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by Jim Culleny, 8/9/13

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