Larvae undulate along the edges

of the images photochemical ephemeral

swept across the surface

then dragged down into deeper glimmerings

Dun-colored leaves sunlit

at the bottom of a pond

A photo in Life magazine

A boy my age 11 summer 1970

David Finitz swept across the surface

of the rapids

on his makeshift raft Dragged

over Niagara Falls

Among the helpless gathered horrified

a photographer lets everybody see

how seeing drags us to the sightless

bottom of the falls

Blind Willie Johnson presses

fingers to the strings of his guitar

and hums dark night cold ground

a lullaby to mortal fear

David Finitz finite finished glimmers

in the very speaking of his name

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