Frog eyes glimmer in water
then douse themselves
and shiny turtles topple
off a log

down to the water’s under-black

when I step out

skin    form    and sun
hauled out of layers of trees
spring wood      summer wood
the bark and pith

to walk and stand
at shore
and trying not to move
move as myself and move again
arms     shoulders     head

a dark
cast on the water-shine.