Brightness falls from the air
Brightness falls from the hair

The bright stick trapped
in the canal-bank reeds

The bright wind
boisterous in the bright air

Gile na gile
brightness of brightness
in a country's gloom

And Honor Bright 

And San Juan's brightness
in his dark night

Brightness more than sunlight
more than moonlight on water

Brightness beyond starlight
beyond flash of bright eye

It may be no more
than the flickering
of a solitary candle

Nimbus Halo Aura Karma

Eyes need never open
not even the curtain of eyelashes

Light floods the mind

Córdoba, 2-7-95


© Michael Smith