DUET by Janet E. Aalfs

to spell the duel : : duet

nepa leaves echo stars her absent name

through drought and rain these sinawali rhythms

ta ta ta-tung through smoke and flame

no hand can quell tata-tung tung tung

her até spirit's weave

rattan stalks repeat

tata-tung tung tung no hand can quell

through smoke and flame ta ta ta-tung

these sinawali rhythms through drought and rain

her absent name nepa leaves echo stars

to spell the duel : : duet