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Mike Daniels
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Postby Mike Daniels » Fri Dec 22, 2006 2:03 am

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My son gave me a bookmark
that he made himself in school

First find your tree:
a fine fir perhaps,
or oak for preference
and avoid the yew
that guards the graveyard.


A wooden treat of smiley faces
and varnish, paint and pine.

Look for the straight limbed
and a trunk that rings -
no hollowness here.


With the gift, a demand
for affection, approval.

Now apply the axe,
the adze,
the plane, sandpaper,
stain.


I remember every ounce
of sunlight measured in
the fibres of that grain.

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Catherine Edmunds
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Postby Catherine Edmunds » Tue Dec 26, 2006 10:56 pm

Fascinating poem. I've read it several times now, and am intrigued by the structure, because each time I read it I hear the 'voices' differently -- especially the one in italics, which has a dark ages feel to it. The contrast is hinted at strongly, between the bookmark on the one hand, and the... what? It's never made explicit. Left to the reader, methinks.


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