114 That they crowded them with flowers. That they led into courtyards without exits. That they traveled down air shafts that were chimneys. That they were aesthetically displeasing. That they lowered property values. That they reminded tenants of disaster. That the buildings soared to a thousand steps. That the tenants, now, were terrified of outside descent. That those skyscrapers were filled with sprinklers. That they were flammable. That such heights were impossible to defend, And therefore, like gods, they were deemed immortal. Judith Infante The Paper Heft of Your Life If to nothing else, some are faithful to their journals recount their days how they go on, on, and on But once you're gone the embedded burrs and archetypal dreams (that frantic blue script) are weighed by a spouse a child or one final friend against the hollows of your ways and your shadow's short stature 115 A few decent months pass then someone sighs long but lays the paper heft of your life in the recycle bin Who's to say a page here, a line or two, won't drift into packaging fill or pin itself to a public shrub (let's hope for roses) Perhaps comes along the
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Published: Jul 1, 2011
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