1. BLACKWATER KAYAKING
through silent waters, into a mirror
world, dream world, water world,
liquid glass, gliding into two worlds,
real and unseen, seen and seems.
across the water like butterflies.
Butterflies flutter above its surface
like leaves. Logs lie like lazy
alligators barring the way.
A snake slithers,
double headed, across the stream. Cypress
knees jut up and down toward the
mirrored sky. An ancient trunk projects
its mighty image deep into the water.
An alligator oozes
into the stream, tracking me.
peaceful, dreadful suspense
2. NIGHT SHADOWS
I walk into a dimming summer evening.
Swallows circle in flight; bats zig-zag
beneath a Magritte sky above
wood-frame houses, sharply silhouetted.
Curtains flutter in an upstairs window.
No one stands
behind them, watching, Streets silent,
save an air conditioner hissing,
sputtering flecks of scum at me. I try to
remember to pray to be spared or forgiven
whatever evil lurks in this dark summer night.