Jan G. Otterstrom F.

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Smooth pebbles on the shore
chastened and tried in the flow
of tides, cadenza in a dense sum
of forces, random shapes
polished sounds, grate and grind
in cadence with water, agates
and jasper flung, roll, retreat
crystals and amethyst turn
withdraw over milky chalcedony
curled, curved and rubbed
in motion of resistance, quartz
luster, test of colors, true
fidelity, in lake and ocean mist.

Jan G. Otterstrom F. 3/2/2013