Escher’s “Three Worlds”

You appear to glide

secret keeper of the third world

swim beneath leaves scattered about the water’s surface

second world of debris and decay

yet never decaying

memory pressed between time’s pages

destined never to disintegrate

while you

huge

wide-eyed

would slide beneath hibernating trees’ reflections

the first world

ours before the next

deciduous by nature

where all goes bare to grow again

unlike us in ours

in some time beyond this moment

never reached ever

freezing portrait

capture of anticipation

renewal

that winning near the goal

yet never renewed

joy and sorrow’s meld

chartered in this single frame

so much of art

the double moment hung

the infinite holding of breath

the forever of never

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