Lost Lagoon, Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada. 8 November 2015. (Photo: Hendrik Slegtenhorst)

Autumn Light, Stanley Park (VIII)

Well, frankly, no matter. Better the shining, Argentine lustre of golden days to best conduct All that electricity, heating the philosopher’s stone That attracts all things that tend to perfection. I’m skipping through—putting the noble alloy back together— A burning stone, darting across the moonlit water. From “Transmutation,” Caravaggio’s Dagger Annotation, borrowed from Max Bruch, Double…