the birth of christabel

beneath rough wraiths
of charcoal cloud
the endless river flows –

swiftly,
dark-silently
a huge fin cuts its surface

like the sail of
an ancient riverboat –

til downstream, it
veers toward the bank

thrashes, beaches itself –
a huge fish, now luminous, sparkling –

multicoloured,
panting on the grassbank –

becomes a
woman of rainbow colours

who shrugs herself,
gradually and deliciously rises

iridescent, potent-majestic

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