David Musgrave

1965 / Australia

A Glass of Water

Un seul verre d'eau ├ęclaire le monde Cocteau

Behind the wedding couple, a mirror harbours
their reception.

Outside, from the verandah, the harbour mirrors

the exception

of city from sky, hills snug with houses

and a glass of water standing on the railing,

half empty or half full. In the failing

afternoon light

brightening buildings counterpoint the darkness,

glinting upside-

down inside the glass, and the newly-weds,

seen from outside

joining hand to hand for the wedding reel,

glide under its meniscus, head over heels.
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