in the perfumed dream, golden cords
open the curtain on fox:
Under a green crown of fern, he is barking.
As feral a cry you'll not hear than this red beast
The orchestrated humans silent by dawn.
Sepia, those half-lives in the leaves.
First cousin this hour is to an old collection
Throat and lungs blown open,
hang mammalian under the morning star
"Rosewater" in this issue of Shining Rock is from Soniat's ninth collection, Starfish Wash-up, to be published by Etruscan Press in spring, 2023.