The Anniversary

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The Anniversary

I remember what the sculptor said, at our wedding:

“How very many years it takes to get to this – the unitary lean.  Two figures completed in one.  So much stripping and friction, hacking and cuts.  So very many tools applied.  The hurt and the loss, the heat and the cold.  Form and substance are hard to reshape.  A person is a stubborn thing.  Nuance and habits of matter overcome.  Natural processes and straining retrained.  Rock removed from its quarry – blasted and torn where it rested and grew.  A new context of becoming so forceful and delicate.  Ravaged and renewing till it holds itself up.”

– how our weight is supported, these 22 years.

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43 thoughts on “The Anniversary

  1. One of my favourites this week.
    Hard to pick out what I like best from this perceptive piece. Perhaps:
    ‘So much stripping and friction, hacking and cuts. So very many tools applied’.
    I like the inclusion of the organic elements. Subtle. And the contrast between the organic and inorganic. Really good. Should have been me who wrote it! Ann

  2. Tom Poet

    I read this a few times. I love a good metaphor and this is a great one! I came back to this several time before I commented because there is so much imagery in here. When reading I see pictures in my head and this is what I saw…the wedding cake with the bride and groom on top holding hands, separate part a part of each other, the good times and bad, sleeping on a cold leather couch and the heat of the bedroom…growth, chipping, slow steady building and coming together in their unitary lean…a system of parts finally formed into a central body…it’s close to perfect in my eyes.

    Beautiful wording, poetic, rhythmic and balanced. I want to curse and tell you how f—ing good this is!

    Tom

"A word is a bridge thrown between myself and an other - a territory shared by both" - M. Bakhtin

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