The V of them

the v of them                                                            wind

   a chevron                                                            claw

      zigzag                                                            bird

         against wind                                                  a

            meander                                          column

               bilateral                                       comb

                  forked tail                                 axe   
                     lozenge                                  V     

                        circles                           then

                           in                            hoop

                              egg or               spiral

                                 checker     pattern


From The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment, Section XXII, "Tears Streak the Reddest Rouge." Copyright © 2011 by Anne Waldman. Used with permission of Coffee House Press,