Wednesday, February 1, 2017

After a Brilliant Afternoon (Day 13)

Photo: Hannah Six

After a Brilliant Afternoon
By Hannah Six

After a brilliant afternoon,
the shortest night 
would, of course, 
seem longer, darker, 

riddled with frightening 
dreams—carnivals of scarlet,  
gilt, and mirror, chaotic
renderings of  dissonance, 

energy, whose pace 
would burst 
the Herculean heart
of slanting Secretariat—
yet even he has fallen.

Dawn will break 
again, a fine cobalt—
soon bright, burning— 
line on the horizon, 
beyond the sycamores
and soaring 

Patience, then, and, in 
the mean– 
[the trickling
rest, look 
up and count 
the boundless, shimmering stars.

(c) 2017, by Hannah Six