Published in Exponent II, Vol. 33, no. 4, Spring 2014.

Her ineffable lips part wisdom—
wizening the bloomed
and wreathed crown
of her becoming.

From Eden’s hidden bequest,
unspoken umbral tides bedew
the pluripotent tokens of an evening plenum
upon her brow.

Entwined in twilight,
she is the mother of all living,
foreordaining the hoar-deigned descent
from grace to grace to grace;

she is that aboriginal crescent,
upturned in sacral effigy.
We each trace her lunate branching bough
and partake of her ripening eternal round.