childhood joy outstretching light years

how intent the cat
and over the city din
the death throes of stars
at odds
with the memory . . .
the way back
encrypted within 
a monarch's wings
broken wing—
lost in the opiate
of being
at its heart
a darkening rose's
summer lust
ground fog . . .
a swan stretches out
the hush
the play 
of shadows passing 
for a god
morning cool—
a variety of birds
rise in song
behind macrocarpas . . .
the warmth within