But Balance Never Changing All in All

before the sun rose
he rose

spoke to shadows
so as not to stir them
but letting blood and
spitting sweat sometimes
when they were too cruel
saying, respite

tree’s lamplight shadow
big trunk, dangling limb
lay across asphalt

Matryoshkas nesting,
taking smaller others in,
huge eating small

shadow peas in a shell game
ballooning the unknown
by unknown onionlike
in odd equanimity
in balance upon its fulcrum
resting in
resolute equation

known small
unknown immense
but balanced
never changing
all in all

by Jim Culleny

Balance never-02.




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