A word retrieved
before it had finished its work
of being in the past.

The almost of
surrounding when water circles
but cannot find itself –

there is more in the
grammar of explanations than in
its formatting purposes.

How Coleridge sees it as
parting delayed when lovers
defer to metaphor;

how Donne takes his proof
in the resistance of border-breaks
for a connection.

As this spit of land,
the imagery transforms its grace
like erosion,

and in that name-checked war
there are all of the alignments and
subterfuges of self that

wrap round the same today,
and here on an actual island our links
continue diminishing.

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