an etheree, for a contest--a poet's prayer
dark as womb dark
bright as spirit light
pale on glimmering pale
seed in me nights mysteries
quicken dumb tongue with muse magic
gift me a cradle of ecstasy
birth a hypertactile language of touch.
Author's Note: A balsamic moon is the dark moon before the new, in the waning half of the lunar cycle. It is the last sliver in the eastern sky before dawn.