Underworld: Aletheia’s Song

in the stillness

so much opens

the call of the sea

the downward thrust

leaving distraction

monkey chatter

snakes are quiet

even when they hiss

things are cool

even if the sun is bright above

there is such patience here

they can wait

these are terribly ancient ones

under the water

under the rocks

even in the slant

between the fall of light and

its absence

a dark hotel room

a cascade of memories

a loaded gun on nightstand

death near

some walk away like Orpheus

some become other like Antinous

crocodiles watch when

the snake shows itself, honor its

inscrutable face

stay observant and vigilant

for the smallest shifts,

waiting for Aletheia’s song.

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