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Lines in rock
Words say waters flow rocks weather ferns wither winds blow times go
- Kathleen Raine, ‘Night in Martindale’
On an Ullswater shore a poet’s words carved in rock; I brush away oak leaves and read in the rain light her expression of transience. What of us survives? The poet herself is almost twenty years gone; mosses creep into her text, lichens already stain engraving of consonant, line or enclosure of vowel but her words transfigure the rocks that display them, the page where they’re written, my voice also that reads them aloud to the sodden oaks of the Hallinhag wood on this damp autumn morning in the fall of my days. Now, taking them to my heart, I return to the footpath with the small shoot of a verse of my own in my mind, which time, wind and weather may stifle with moss, lichen, and oak brash but today, in a dry place, inches towards completion, a salvaged patchwork of lines made of memories, gifts of mind, landscape and language, a roughly hewn acroglyph that dare speak of endurance.
A Rosslyn acoustic
A stroke of horsehair transforms a metal plate into a dance floor, the jive of sand grains redefining itself as notes reposition in fractalled rehearsal and the floor vibrates. The man with the bow scores his particle song in sand, flour, salt grains, each glyph of acoustic the tail of a grey cat in its dead alive shoebox, a moonshine entanglement of the shapeshift air, the template of a poem caught two centuries later in the act of imagining how its words might fall.