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Paper, Rock, Scissors

She said she wanted her words to slice like scalpels. She said she wanted to find the heart and re-form it with her hands -- fingertips both blunt and sharp as scissorís blades -- like a witch doctor in Guatemala, performing the heeby-jeeby voo-doo mojo in trailing smoke and hissing snake rattles, by the power of intent and meaning, alone.

She sat late nights beneath a dim 40-watt, crafting her voice into arrows, never forgetting the feathers. Let them die in beauty, let them keep these staccato ruffles as a pagan trifle for the journey into the land of the Seven Sisters.

She was shocked when I said I didnít want this.

No, Laurel, my aim is not that slight. What I want is to become the boulder, sleeping, just below the surface of the river. Tight as a fist but larger than a man could know, the rock which simply through itís presence, slowly changes the course of the rapids flow, bit by bit, by the power of intent and meaning, alone.

"All the darkness in the world
cannot put out the light
of one candle"

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The following comments are for "Paper, Rock, Scissors"
by hazelfaern

word power
Some great lines in there Hazelfaern. An enjoyable read, if short. I was left wanting more. Maybe a paper analogy too?? Ready 1,2,3.. aha dynamite. (thumbs up) smithy

( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: June 15, 2004 )

Well, see, Smithy, the paper is where the words go, so I thought that reference was understood. Hmmm...

( Posted by: hazelfaern [Member] On: June 16, 2004 )

rock paper

As usual you've turned out some strong powerful stuff. It reads like prose but has all the grace and perception of your poetry. I will however agree with smithy that the paper reference is a bit too obscure, yet it still doesn't mar my enjoyment of the piece. Good show.


( Posted by: Bartleby [Member] On: June 16, 2004 )

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