Pulse and phase
feed the optic line
a steady blue,
down to where
moss falters
at the marble breach.
Stones stricken
from their primary merit
trail a residue
of fleck and silicate flake,
while serial gleams
teach the squint
not to follow
too closely behind.
Lacking a stemhold
the spine heeds the shiver.

Robert P. Baird (© 2009)