on the bridge

they do not loiter
here for long

they say they come
to watch the fish and learn

the ways of water
what it takes to stand

as long as the egret does
doubling the image

on the stilled surface
before it remembers

the length
of its wingspan

but don’t speak
of greatness yet

what is the end
or the beginning

from the middle
which looks both ways


In response to Via Negativa: Above the river.

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