Remember the Thing with the Elephant
and the Lima Beans and the Rabid Python?
I took so many pictures while you guys were gone!
but none of them did justice
to the piercing and varied beauty
that ravished my retinae each passing parsec.
I was forced to delete them all
some sweetness cannot be borne.
and I wrote a sonnet every morning!
but so inflamed was I by the new and stimulating vistas
that confounded my senses daily
and left me weeping by teatime,
that I was forced to burn them each night
and watch them curl into ash
over the same candle
whose illumination they had been writ by
that selfsame day