The Golden Geometry of Light

Lucia Cherciu

The calm and peace of proportion
before the world spirals: accepting

the gifts of the eye. Evading marathons.
Glimpses of glow. Not to want, not to wish,

not to regret. Without anyone seeing, the world
imparts the secret of symmetry. Every house

is a temple, a church, an altar. With every sign,
to discern or to miss. A revelation snaps into place

only to disappear again, forgotten,
with the persistent creed of trees.

The equilibrium of light conceals
as it discloses. Home means understanding

a lesson, taking a piece of advice.
Arresting intuition. Comforting care.

Resisting the cadging temptations
of idleness. Strength is made of hope,

the way composure is made of summer,
illuminations of yellow and green.

Lucia Cherciu writes both in English and in Romanian and is the author of five books of poetry, including Train Ride to Bucharest (Sheep Meadow Press, 2017), a winner of the Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize. She is the 2021-2022 Dutchess County Poet Laureate, and her work was nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize and twice for Best of the Net. She teaches English at SUNY/Dutchess Community College. Her web page is @CherciuLucia

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