THE GREEN FLASH

(Two Theories)

EYES SHADE THE SUN

The eye, focusing intently on 

An intensely orange sun, flared

And plumped in size compared

To a palm tree near a handy palm,

 

The eye, again, denied

All shades but one

(Hardly shade, but sun),

Turns its inner eye inside

 

Its arsenal of colored nerves 

Which, when freed at last from 

Staring at that solar plum,

Optically speaking, swerves

 

Momentarily and maps

A contradictory synapse,

The mirror opposite of what it's seen,

Or, in scientific language, green.

 

 

SUN SKIPPING ON THE SEA

Between the rim of ocean's ends

And trolley shot of misting sea

The round horizon's coral lens

That beams the setting setting sun to me—

 

A conveyor belt of rolling spray

Edits film's liquescent screen

To pass that single cinematic ray

Picked up from water's moving green.

 

January 22nd, 2002

Kona, Big Island

Rewritten January 25th, 2002

Honolulu Airport