What shade
of black
is black
of night?—
Which night?
The nine
hundred
and ninety-
ninth night
of one
thousand?
The night
Lancelot
first betrayed
King Arthur?—
Black of
Milton’s
black fires?
Black of
black holes
(collapsed
stars), so
much light
compacted,
bottled
like ships
on fireplace
mantles?
Black book
with names
like stars?