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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.


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"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 )

Paper
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
HF~

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.

Bart

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





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