Trade Winds

By Peter Halstead

What symmetry the spiral shell between
The twists of space and lambent brain,

The planet’s apple core of filings
And the leafing metaphors of style—

Galileo’s massive pendulum
Mirrored in linoleum—

The sheaves of autumn’s luminescent jewels
Raked in piles of particles

Which we trade in summer’s liquid school
For Holbein’s science-fiction ghoul,

The night’s nuclear delirium
Turned by language into sun.

October 3rd, 2021
March 7th, 2023