i approach a field. a black piano waits
cypress and golden rose, plucked at the chill sunsetting,
laurel, amaracus, and dark december vine
on the uncovered flesh of anyone brave
going back to the root is stillness
chilled in the path of darkness
asking to be bent, taken by firelight
freedom from fear, purity of heart, constancy in sacred learning and contemplation
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