Brightness

Just after Hsial Thung mentioned it—
but one thousand, four hundred
and fifty-nine years later—

I want to respond to his comment
that “ruddy clouds
float in four quarters of cerulean sky,

and white snowflakes show
their six petaled flowers.”

I open up a book 
and pointed out
that thirteen lumens equals
approximately one candle.

Or course, light and snow
Are at least that bright.