Lumen

To walk together
in the solar
flare of the beloved
carrying luminous heart

our ribcages
glass lighthouse beacons
barely containing their little suns

I recall my surprise on
Ocracoke Island at
the discovery of
what a diminutive bulb
a lighthouse actually
contains
            its brilliant beam
all mirror and lens

one enormous reflector
like the one we sometimes feel
at the back the chest
behind the heart
a dazzling golden amphitheater
catching and magnifying
such radiance
from all that shines

Richard Shaw is an American poet who was born in New Jersey, earned his B.A. from
Bennington College and has spent most of his life in the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts. His poems have appeared in various journals. A debut collection, The Orchard House, is forthcoming later this year from Antrim House Books.

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