feline masks, whirling cloaks—
different centuries of costumes meet
in a clash of music and light.
Dignified forms, cold and white
with searing black eyes
dance and pose.
Twinkle of camera flashes,
galaxy of distant stars
in a garish dream.
watching the glowing orb,
a swelling sun pushed and formed,
bullied by metal tools.
Blown up like a child's balloon, but fragile,
it grows, yellow-orange with stolen heat,
translucent magma wrapped in tendrils of color.
Gold powders melt into crimson inks
and are spun, spirals around a vase.
pulsing with life,
wooden limosines, chauffer tourists
through the glories of times past
via open sewers.