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  • "It was as if a tower of jade had smashed
    To drops of living water." Dialogue VII: Hakuina and Chikamatsu

    Some days I build brick by brick
    Some days I smooth the mortar
    Wheel the barrow with its wobbly tread.

    Some days I measure
    Some days I wash the floor
    Trim the dandelions from the grass. Bake bread.

    In between, I run
    an airy bamboo scaffold.
    Balancing in the aviary of a poet's head.

    Listen to the whirr of
    hummingbird wings
    and dream I'm water instead.
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