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The poem I would like to submit is called Kaleidoscope. It was published in a chapbook called “Casting for Meteors” by David Scheler and was also published in the poetry journal Avocet in the Fall issue 2010.

David and I have been friends for over 40 years. We have had many conversations about the meaning of life and how things work, and what it means to live with an open heart, and our placement in the scheme of things. He “gets” me and I “get” him, and I greatly admire his “way with words”.   Enjoy! Colleen Akkerman


Kaleidoscope  By David Scheler (2007)

He looks through a hole

in the woven straw hat

that covers his face in the sun.

The glint that he sees there

creates prisms of spun glass

on a palette of sunset pastels

that lie behind black lines

which pattern themselves

as the organic rhythms

of tree rings, as malachite

and crystals

spilling the spectrum,

as striations swirling

like phantom fractals

embedded in a jewel.

In the hole of his hat:

the universe.

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