Shadows and light
crossing the fields this morning

fills me with abundance. Although
ethereal, moving through

the je’n sais quoi
of slanting light and rolling hills

offers resilience through this land
of sacred geometries,

what is and is not, what is there
and then not there, in perpetual

movement, from one moment
to the next, changing

in such oscillations through

what we know as time, but

in all verity, the dewy present
is sent shimmering beyond

the sun’s glare above the curve
of bent grasses, in all that ever is.

Wally Swist’s books include Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love, selected by Yusef Komunyakaa as co-winner in the 2011 Crab Orchard Series; and A Bird Who Seems to Know Me: Poems Regarding Birds & Nature, winner of the 2018 Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Prize. His poems appear in Commonweal, Rattle, and Transference.