double exposure

Dazzling color drains
from expansive 
horizon, no longer
dancing with brilliance,
burdened, as a sky during
prolonged gray rain —

heaven weeping
through grief
and loss,
existence, being,

Sound fades;
tonal qualities
slide into deeper
registers, finally
slipping into

so profound
its transcendence seeps
into innermost hollow —
its salve soothes,

Motion slows,
adjusts to suit
current mood
which commands
no further activity.

where frenzy
once reigned,
candle’s burst of
flame is relinquished,
replaced by awakened

Who am i when weary,
porous vessel gives way
to one that follows?
when music morphs
into wind’s whisper? 

when grasping turns
to discover serenity’s
is this still me, or is this


© Julia Penner-Zook, 2019
Photo Credit: hieu vo via
Twitter: @J_Pennz
Instagram: @j_penner_zook


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