Openings Into Things

1.
Leaves surge to various reds
begin releasing from the trees
the vividness remaining
is not what most captivates
this autumn
but the bare hollow places
which have opened in between

shadowy tunnels
for our yearning
to leap through

into what?

dawn-lit
forest glades
where antlered creatures
with shining fur
bound between
            shadows
and light

 
2.
Spiral funnels off oar tips
spun into still surfaces of lakes
swirling portals
offering glimpses
down
through glimmering
viridescence
to mysterious shapes
the stillness of bells
at lake bottom

 
3.
Microscope
lenses
springing open
galaxies
within
water droplets

or Andromeda’s
whorl
deep blue
in Hubble’s
unblinking eye

first eyelid opened
of a newborn
letting through
soft pearled
light

from another world

 
4.
Hole-in-the-ice
eye sockets

of fox skull
found

first summer of
sleep-away camp

delicately chambered
inner chapel
translucent to light

it was less death
            than rapture

my first catch
of breath

 
5.
Take a good look
            at World
concocting openings
through to herself

holding one end
of a golden string
coaxing our search into

all thought missing
longing
to be found

old key
tucked in a drawer
flying through
            darkness
towards us

already aglow
            at the edges
as it begins
encountering
            the light

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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