Soak your mood in powdered stars at night —
Milk streaks, ink stains — scattered black and white
Leave your nerves in daylight sharp and bright;
Not listless from some bondedness abandoned
In the heat of the sun, that merciless companion,
For binary stars draw off their strength in tandem.
Invisibilities accumulate and stand on
Dusk’s red promontory expanding,
Molten and cold, and lift from iron banded
A lambent moon for carrying like an andon.
NOTES for Students of English
Binary Stars – Two stars orbiting each other.
Banded Iron – A kind of sedimentary rock with vivid layers of black and red.
Andon – A traditional Japanese lantern.