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Give me the poet
who knows the power
of a line break’s precipice

hears the rush
of stanza demarcation
space and pause

like hooves
in open gallop
raindrops in collision
with resistant clay

who plays
with lightning balls
of energy that aggregate
to words, as if they
were eternal

loving sound
beyond all boundaries
rolling with her
cross the bed
where rhyme
and meter wed;

and of this poet,
I shall make a scientist
with flows of thought as
gentle and immutable

as goosedown
traveling the evening
breeze with news
of revolution.


© Elaine Stirling, 2014
Image is “The Education of Cupid”, by
François Boucher (1703-1770)