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Maps and Fingertips

Maps and Fingertips

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Published by: John Peacock on Sep 22, 2010
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 Maps and Fingertips
J.A.P.1.I have an object at my side,and it is impressing indentationsalong the palm wrinkles of my hand.Who might call attention to thiskinship? But me. I wantto be reborn. To be volatile. And hereis a flick of the wrist. There, the hand.2.Sunday. I think of sea saltand of light and milk. I¶m gratefulof the chance to ripple this surfacewith a brushstroke. To be an expressionist,find shade beneath trees, press blades of grass against my palms.3.Lord, let me be luminous: this is not a prayer.I am verdant. I am shaded colorsthat glow, maintain wonder. Somewherein a desert outcrop a stone moveswith the wind¶s embrace,and in this place I am breathing but there is no life at all.4.I have a radius, and it relatesto this object at my side²these bladesof grass and the stone. Perhapsthis is how the ancients measuredthemselves, like the width of a forestin increments of felled tree trunks.5.There is a dawnness about me.I¶d like to see it, the sunrising on my sleeping face, the quarter moon a fingernail in a pail of blue.But this would be mockery. I priedmy own eye open and spit in it² this language has a limit, and the sun

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