Trade Winds

By Peter Halstead

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

The apple core of iron filings
And magnetic rules of styling—

Galileo’s brilliant pendulum
Mirrored in linoleum—

Holbein’s science-fiction ghoul
In summer’s liquid school

Exchanged for particles
Of autumn’s luminescent fuel,

The heart’s impossible emoticon
Turned to prisms by the sun.