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Apr/May 2003 Poetry

Importance of What Is

by JB Mulligan


 

Importance of What Is

The importance is not
in what it's like
but what it is:

solid, as air
is meat. Still,

resemblance matters:
string through the pearls
which otherwise would spill

and fill the corners
and under the dresser
with a scattering rattle
that would shatter the room.

Still, what matters is:
the idea, unmeated,
is not even string

is less than the hole in the pearl
without the pearl.

 

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