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The Line

all the time
taken the energy
spent searching the perfect
sapling severed its shaft
balanced and smooth
molded to your hand

an expertly
whittled tip
too fine
and it might be
missed too fat
the emphasis inexact

oh, the journey
for the medium
too much wind
in the Mohave
to many bones
the Sahara

all the beaches
scoured the timing
calculated tool at the
ready the sun
low on the horizon

and the ominous sound
of hubris corrected rising
from the bottom of the ocean

all the way
across the line
scars the sand naked
and watching the folly
on this side awaiting
the only answer

that side the maker
bleeding then carving
the line then
crying then
drawing again on
and on to
make it last

all to contain
a boundaryless
country an orderless
universe an unwalled garden
fecund, fertile, free

--natalie patrice © 2009

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poetic424
Aug. 12th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
Wonderful ...
I just loved this piece! You have such a way with words. There is such patience in the rhythm, like a skilled artist that is slightly anxious about getting things just right, but is simultaneously certain that all will be well ...
blkdykegoddess
Mar. 3rd, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Wonderful ...
woah! Thanks :)
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