—Joyce Odam, Sacramento
(based on “Maiden Moon” etching by Elaine B. Rothwell)
Death is dancing with the maiden in the moonlight.
He has made a ring of light for them to dance in.
She lifts the hoop of light
and dances away from him.
He is left standing in the circle
where he is powerless to follow.
She has stolen the power of his intention
with her refusal, and thus has transcended
both light and dark. Death waits—and waits—
until she is through dancing and will return to him.