Amber orb seeps through night-black like
burnished coin in algae-lined fountain. Orb -
fuzzy around edges, momentarily pours
light on unwitting walker. Coin – jettisoned
by the desperate, glitters & warps. Transiently,
walk-on player, mingling with spooky backdrop, assumes sinister properties.
             Take one: hideous smile wards off cold.
             Take two: ghostly grimace discourages salutation.
             Take three: fades into darkness until replay under
next amber orb.

Berni Dwan