Shutters IV


The fourth in a series of twelve poems written at a shuttered window. Originally published in the anthology Terra Firma in 2004, and first posted here in 2014.

Shutters IV

Only in their upper extremities
may we find primacy,
blue being dominant and interspersed

with clouds, a map folded to join distant reaches.
But borders share more than edges. Their
shapes denote subtlety, the material

strength of reason and the untouchable,
an unmeasured practice brought to bear, like
depth of passion, or the concept of containment.

Width is merely a symptom of device.


9 thoughts on “Shutters IV

    • Yes and no. Sometimes the poem lends itself to a particular form. With these, I wrote the first one, and then made the conscious decision to adhere to this form. I read my drafts aloud, and the breaths and natural pauses often signal line breaks.

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