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this life is but

as a tree
   as a voiced cricket
      as a splattering rain
         as a twist-turbined fan
            as a direction-uncompassed gnat
               as a bulb let slown to sight
                  this life is but a branching plenty
                                      a branching plenty to the still’d & hungry leaves
                                     a breaking call unrepeated in constant
                                      a breaking call unrepeated in constance
                                     a falling raised
                                      a falling raised
                                     a mutterance mumbling incoherently
                                      a mutterance mumbling with incoherence
                                     a changer of path
                                      a changing of path
                                     too fast to comprehend its speed and brevity
                                      too unknown in speed to comprehend its brevity

originally designed with the first ‘a’ only, but both seemed so appropriate.
perhaps better read with ‘as’ repeated twice, once with the first ‘a’ and then with the indented ‘a’.

One Comment

  1. sarah. sarah. October 22, 2005

    just wanted to say hi cos we haven’t talked in a few days or whatever, so hi. nut uh, that’s it… i’m not exactly at the right place to be doing this sort of thing, if you know what i mean. oh boy. talk me to soon, plz. or i’ll KILL YOU. oh, nice poem by the way.

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