Dive fearlessly into
the Jack-o-lantern’s gaping maw.
Though nibbled by squirrels and blackened by rain,
it is not yet rotten.
Instead it is primed to heal itself,
turning as elliptically smooth as the place
where its edge meets the rest of the world.
the carefully triangled eyes, which, radiating outward,
reveal themselves to be
whales who breached the silver surface and took
unlikely flight among the vastness of their ancestors.
Ponder this blue parcel cut from infinity
knowing you cannot demand it reveal itself.
Allow the embrace of the dark, sucking sand.
Do not be confined by the temptations of a safe harbour.
This boundless world is but a horizon,
wrinkled and rippled and
Tinged with azure, surely.
The light pours over the horizon.
Holly Lebowitz Rossi
*Italicized phrases are from John Yau’s ekphrastic piece in Further Adventures in Monochrome.
Holly Lebowitz Rossi is a writer who lives in Arlington, Massachusetts with her husband, 10-year-old son, and small stand of fruit trees. She is coauthor of two books: The Yoga Effect: A Proven Program for Depression and Anxiety (Hachette Books, 2019) and Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back (Shambhala Publications, 2013).
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