spot requiring ask at first,
prior the cowled grins fell limp
into coal carved melanin ash,
scorched brick orange grime
they came back one, creak footfalls
slipping past cabled green walks
where a coral snake slithers, asks
of palm filtered light oh! holy day
to please wind the ring's handless clock
in black some fire dappled timeless way.
Or so it occurred to me.
They scattered to nim an emerald eye
in a red clutch of mangrove shadow
knotty near the block house umbra
Spanish moss moist with hidden life.
This should never have been touched
or used for the crispy sacred kindling.
The flight of a sole mosquito
sang the constellations cold
enough for klaxons to be sound
lights clicked on again anguish.
The moonrise was so much later than I guessed.
Equinox, the strong north west wind,
holds no regard for latitude,
or these funny little haps of solstice.