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YEAR OF THE MONKEY CONTEST

Black Lite in January

Published by JIM HARSTAD | Sunday, January 15, 2017 5:39 PM


100 words.



This Friday the thirteenth,
the moon an unfiltered LED,
sending misspelled beams of nite lite
dappling the quiescent leaves,
stunned to stillness absolute.

Seen upside-down from the second floor,
eerie, inside-out haloes
swallow themselves whole,
fully absorbed before they ever form.

The cold, aura-free black lite,
looms sinister
and fully, elegantly chic,
like pearls against black cloth
or like a single, motionless, tall-flamed candle
in a blank, empty room.

And now, from out of nowhere,
night-blooming jasmine,
the LED of fragrance,
settles, soothes, suffuses,
tendrils invisible in their woven complexity,
in, out, and everywhere,
embracing the still-new year,
or embalming it.





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