Pool at Night Stars are swimming in green inland bays as meteors score captive El Greco skies dreaming of whiplash doves and jays, of stealthy clouds; a pine shadow tries to enter this quivering rectangle of light while fireflies, floating and blinking in a trance, mimic wrecker’s lanterns, luring sight into a shoal of trees where a glance reveals only dark beyond the chittering dark. As if a flooded ancient Roman ark, drifting for centuries with luxury goods, beached itself in these nameless woods beneath the moon, a tilted champagne glass. Whatever died in the forest watches us pass.
K.E. Duffin’s work has appeared in Agni, Canary, The Carolina Quarterly, Clade Song, Crannóg, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Kestrel, The Moth, Raintown Review, Salamander, Scintilla, Slant, Southern Poetry Review, and other journals. King Vulture, a book of poems, was published by the University of Arkansas Press.