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Evening in a Bottle

by Seth Jani

Artwork by Jack Savage


Excellent at subtraction

The blue finch disappears

Into the blue expansion.

The fruit-shaped clouds

Take in the multicolored light,

And what remains is a blur

Of deeper colors,

A montage of hidden shades.

At this precise point,

The water engulfs the

Swarms of fish,

The ocean becomes opaque,

Dark metal full of painted waves,

A smoky glass of specters.

Somewhere through the levels

Of depths and fractals

The moon orbits into view,

Its pale face cross-hatched

By scars of whitened sand.

Published inPoetryNC State University