Even the vine-leaves shot with sun
have shadow leaves
pressed close on them.
Even the vine is hanging
ones that seem like twos:
a top leaf
on a shadow leaf, its corner slipped,
like invoices in duplicate.
If I stood to look from the other side
with the light behind me,
would I still not see
how the top leaf shot with sun
might be the one that fails to fit
- standing where I do - seeing
how it is the shadow leaf that fails to fit
makes the one leaf seem like two
and being two, more beautiful?
from Mirrorwork © 1995