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At Crater Lake 2019 

The sharp granite point of Discovery Point
points to a low-hanging curtain of rainbow
projected onto fog
rising from the dark blue lake.
Gentle arc celebrates ephemera,
the kiss of sun and mist.


Starting on the left, a cloud shadow
slowly compresses the glow into the waves
until it's no more than a flat, radiant circle
on the surface.
I watch it dissolve...


The lake closes over,
swallows the rainbow gift,
saying thank you.

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