An audience is watching as a

        heron stalks the shoreline, like a skater

               gliding dream-like across a sheet

of ice or a ballerina
               preparing to leap high above

      the stage, so controlled,

so studied, as if every movement

                           were a matter of life or death,

             which it is, in this slow motion dance

             of mayhem and

                                 discord on the banks
                        of the Concord

September 7, 2003

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