Spotlight*

 

A slant of sun

through the glen

against a glassy brook

 

marks a solitary heron

gleaming like a burst of paradise.

 

Discovery disturbs her meditation.

 

When she breaks

plumes of spray

print a spotlight silhouette

of gold dust in the air

 

till pleats of her wing beats cease

and cloud threads sever the connection

everywhere but here.

 

 

Jerome L. McElroy                  

 

 

 

            *Accepted in Avocet (Spring 2005)