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Mid-painting, that ragged rocky sphinx
clambers ashore, dragging its tail,
to protest, futilely, a collusion
of sea, sky and sand to form
this streaked streamlined symmetry.
Closer to us a white driftwood snake
investigates that surprising blue rift
and is astonished to see its bony self
peering back from the sky.
Ocean, sky and rocks: Children
playing peekaboo! in the soft light.
Hard to believe distances so playful
could be dangerous.
October 6, 2002