Patrick Collier

Instructed to glisten, the glass
sparkles, and to glitter, takes it to heart
like music that shatters everything around
with sounds guttural, rolling, high, staccato,
followed by a deep river roar with the sky
just light enough to watch the rocks, dull
close cousin's clink about the bottom;
and with the colors of neighbors and friends,
fiber, plastic, metal, wood, and fire-bulbed gas
dizzies the walls with their stories told
long and slow like fluid turned solid.

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