Vocabulary Lessons

i. Halcyon

bygone days shimmer in cerebral gutters—
the silver glint of scaly shed snakeskin strewn, glowing
just behind you

ii. Phosphenes

if afraid, press fingers to eyelids and see
the kaleidoscope of colours created
in the absence of light

iii. Syzygy

when you are ready: open your eyes.
turn your head forward and align yourself
with the version you wish to be

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