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Fade to Black by Fabrice Poussin

Fade to white;

the weary soul opens to a vignette of a meadow,

soft edges on the softly undulating tall grasses,

reeds, a flora intense with lives and desires.

Slowly zooming in;

the heron undisturbed, continues his morning hunt;

the mountains like to disappear, making room

for the intricate details of unseen abundance.

Volume up;

life explodes in songs, tonalities honoring the stars,

dew winds its way along the long, newly born foliage;

the planet rejoices beneath the festive multiplicity.

Pan left;

oasis of a teal surface so perfect, nectar eternal,

in her tiny paradise on stilts, safe she sleeps yet,

reigning over a domain her own, unspoiled.

Tighten a little;

in minor chords she stirs, still dreaming of yesterday,

surrounded by a snow white veil, weightless as air,

she shows the deep blue of a tender soul, smiles.

Fade to black;

on a vision of bliss, letting her prepare for today,

her heartbeat, light and intense, at once echoes

through all that lives to sing her praise.

Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and many other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review, as well as other publications.

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