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

apparition

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

a bison crystalized steps forth,
a 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

its intent:
survive

Jim Culleny
1/29/19

Photograph by Tom Murphy

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