Crystal Bison

—on a photo

crystal bison with border

out of coolblue 
a bison

out of bitter cold
out of stratospheric skyblue
a crystal bison

from stillness, sheer,
mute
as speech in utter space
from deadstill blueice
steps a crystal
a bison

apparition

a bison frozen in veneer of chilled time
cloven hooves to heaped hump
its mere eyes, its cryo-olfactory nose
smelldeaf due to rime

a crystalized bison steps forth,
deliberate articulating jewel
hung on the neck of stilled rhyme
speechless

a graceful parentheses of horns
frames its frozen skull
each as sharp as the point of
breathing-everything

intent:
survive

Jim Culleny
1/29/19

Photograph by Tom Murphy