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Museum Glass Show

Striped light through striped glass

bars the face of the child

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with rows of color from the scalloped plates;

red, yellow, clear, blue

all tint his cheek and brow;

his shoulders bathe in it as he looks up

through shapes of glass overhead,

shapes like creatures of the sea

but huge, all glass, all formed for light

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to glorify, in turn make glad

the viewers - purpose enough

for any shape, for any construction,

quixotic and bizarre, precise and clean.

In one alcove something like a vase

but all flamboyant with spiraled handles

disports itself for the sake of doing it,

its own flower. All these shapes are flowers.

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