THE MOVING FINGER

"The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy tears wash out a Word of it."

- Fitzgerald: Rubaiyat, ed., 51

figure
is an uncompleted gestalt
which upon completion
will pass into
ground

for example

I hunger
eat
am satisfied
and forget
until the next time ....

for example

since you died
I fail to grieve
my tangled tears
of terror
loneliness and loss
defying company

consequently

I fear
all human contact
until ....

for example

so young
so early
before ever the worlds were made
or so it seems:
before I had language
perhaps even
before I had imagery
being unborn -
some foul insidious parasitic weed
crept around bone
sapped my forming heart
like a thief in the night
a bodily invasion
pestilential

but the sap
is primal
and rises still

deep in the rock
bubbles
springing water ....

when corn and tares
are so compactly grown

how
now
can I achieve
completion

before
I pass

into ground ....

3rd December 1990

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