A bridge leads from the caves: The night surrounds --
Beneath, the troubled river writhes, but pools
Stand back; within their calm the stars are jewels
Each star a monarch of the pool it crowns.
Above, the vault of heaven, opened, sounds
The deep of earth, and every hurt that rules
The day dissolves, and night, with unseen tools
Unlocks the infinite star-peopled towns.
Around the bridge, glow worms, from walls of stone
Reflect the dancing stars, pulsing light
From bodies matchstick-frail. The lines they’ve grown
Seem one with them: green daggers caught in flight.
Suspended in this chasm of stars, soul-blown
To other worlds, you’re held, spellbound by the night.