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

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 round the neck of stilled rhyme

a graceful parentheses of horns
frames a frozen skull
each as sharp as the point of
intent: survive

Jim Culleny

Photograph by Tom Murphy