Katharsis

KATHARSIS

The questions, as always: which rocks to ignore, who will
place them, and how to defy the laws of mathematics.

Note: you will create two separate walls to build one.
You will measure length and depth. You will weigh consequence.

Dig a shallow trench, and set your first two foundation stones
at a slight angle, high points on the outside, low ends meeting

in the middle. Count your failures and multiply them by 100.
Let gravity share the burden, then discard every one. Take

care in selecting your stones. Scorpions lurk in the dark,
underneath. Wear heavy gloves. Use leverage. Seek balance.

Avoid the smooth and rounded, as they too readily relinquish
their footing. Select hard-angled, rough pieces. Accept

faults, and work with them. Stack carefully — the two walls
should lean inward, touching, each bearing the other’s

weight. Work alone, but think to the future, with strength in
mind. Be deliberate. One stone, followed by another. Repeat.

“Katharsis” was drafted during the August 2015 Tupelo Press 30/30 Project. Many thanks to Plain Jane who sponsored and provided the title.

20 thoughts on “Katharsis”

1. My friend, Don, a champion dry stone waller, would like this one – as I do

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• Thanks, Derrick. This is my technique, based on terrain and materials at hand, which include too many rounded stones. Arghh.

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2. Beautiful. I loved the thought. Take care. B.

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• Thanks very much.

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• Thank you, Beth. I find stacking stone to be peaceful, but my body limits that activity these days.

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• Thank you for reblogging.

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• Thanks, Lynne. It was a fun one to write.

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• Thanks, Jeni. Ha! I didn’t know that one at all. Funny.

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• Thank you, PJ! It would never have been written, if not for you!

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3. Accept faults, and work with them. If we could only always keep that in mind. (K)

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• Thanks very much!

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• I’m so pleased you like it, Sarah. Thank you.

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