There Are No Lines In Nature

Did you think a pencil drew a horizontal where the sea became clouds? Or a scalpel cut the petals from their green backdrop? Or the perfect vertical of the sill was inked using a pot of shade and crow quills? And did you believe we can divide you/line/me, or past/cut/future? We are a volume in a present against a wall papered with our flower-shaped words, graphitized dialogues, private jokes and promises, all two shades behind our sunburned hair, one shade beneath our matte wet arms. The streetlamp casts its shawl on the breast of Mangan’s sister, forever a diffused ghost in Dublin, the prodigy’s lesson blurred by twilight and first love. You’re smudged too and clear as print. Even the penwork of a dragonfly before sky is not a contour drawing, simply intersections of closer blacks, looped and threaded, knotted with a bead in front of measureless white.
with thanks to Kathy Fish and Necessary Fictions

Sea Wasps

Using all the instruments, music and strategies of language, I tried…but lost interest in discovering anything about me or history, personal, local or global. This nine-year-old girl in a story I wrote surprised me when she was asked, “What’s the point of doing anything in life?” So that you could learn to do it better later, she supposed.