Night Vision

I am standing

on the balcony

of a gold Chinese pavilion

watching the sun

smear shadows

over the pool below.

A girl in a white mask

bringing dripping shells

holding shining pearls

to the women at the side.

The water where she dives

is dark; her white clothes

give it some light, but not

enough. When she emerges

with my pearl, she removes her mask.

I see she is a man.

She dives once more

ruffling the shadows for the sun to sweep.

I watch until the water is still

and walk on.

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