For Example

by Dan Rosenberg

Islands are just too-shallow water
waiting for gravity to exact the inevitable.

Or the earth is a knot of discipline
chafing against its own fibers.

What do you call scissors opened too wide?
Ostensive signpost. A cross.

Iím quieting my way upstairs.
The big guy sleeps in his chair.

And if the beard carries a current?
And if the strands have never touched before?

No matter. I speak in absolutes
because you wonít believe me.

Iím outing my lips. What theyíve done.

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