gently lapping ripples
entice the timid darkness
at moon-washed water’s brim,
reeds quietly rustle their secrets.
the soothing cool breeze
glides along the edge
of the sultry summer night,
willows softly whisper their stories.
the dancing glow of the flame
weaves through the fluttering shadow
of a forgotten gauze curtain,
blue notes ooze a rhythmic trance.
the deepest meanings of words
cling to vigilant tongue-tip
within the safety of guardian lips,
masked questions suspend without answer.
crystal clear irises waiting,
pulse to the anxious tempo
of waves in endless time’s sea,
each thought shared has passed the test.