All in All

before the sun rose they rose,
soft-spoken to shadows so as not to stir them,
they let blood and spit sweat sometimes
when shade was too cruel and asked, respite

tree’s lamplight shadow
big trunk, dangling limb
lay across asphalt, Matryoshkas,
nesting shadows taking smaller others in,
big devours small

shadow peas in a shell game
ballooning unknown by
unknown, onionlike in equanimity,
in balance upon a fulcrum, resting
in a resolute equation:

known miniscule, unknown
immense but balanced
which never changes all in all

by Jim Culleny

Balance never-02.




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