Gaze & Julie and Mary in the Twilight Forest

Together into the night we walk to watch the moon sail,
golden, on a black cloud, alternately embraced and released
by curved strips of dark cloud that change shape, become wings,
until, along the expanding edge of darkness, under
the newly lit stars, a bird-cloud carries piggyback
a radiant incandescent egg. We breathe in and breathe out,
hold tight and let go. As the bird-cloud rises, the glowing egg
becomes the bright eye of a giant bird head. It stares down at us, mere wisps
on this path, dwarfed by the long beak, lit by the luminous stare.

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Note on the Collaboration
The above image, intended to accompany the poem, “Gaze,” is a collage on an acrylic painting repainted with acrylics. Julie sent a photograph of herself to Mary, and Mary combined it with one of herself and a painting of hers. The painting represents the collaborative process between friends. Julie Levy and Mary Stebbins Taitt