Some time during
the night the world
softened and melted
dissolved into aether or
rolled up like
scenery removed.
I know it did because
I walked out
through early autumn
morning and I
saw that it was gone.
Only the nearest
newest things were
there and only just
like spiders’ webs and
like yellow leaves caught
lightly on deep grass.
Perhaps I should have
felt afraid of
of grey distances all
shapeless unresolved
but it was so
cold and clean
like the dreams where you
relinquish something
old and done with.
And I knew that
light would thicken
coagulate into
earth and air and water
so I waited
and it did.

Fiona M Jones
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