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Transitory Particulates Become I Ching Hexagrams 57 and 59

August 2, 2008

Gentleness: Wind over wind
Suggests homecoming

A month in the tumbler does not to the bottle
smashed in the christening do what two miles
and a decade will do to darken the beery
I do and frost the floozy common and clearest
not one in ten thousand a chip off that rare red
glass to the dashing found in the wavewash

Dispersion: Wind over water
Ninety years and a mirror begins to spackle
metallic grey tailings magnetic as road dust
clouding the quartzite eye of the agate
the girl tonguewicks her mouth roofed
with peanut butter she presses her grief next
utterance ferrous sticky with riddance

by K. Alma Peterson

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  1. August 2, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    This is fabulous, a tonguetwisting, mindbending feast, great word conjuring: tonguewicks, god I love that.

  2. August 3, 2008 at 6:35 am

    Yes, just gorgeous, the imagery, the ebb and flow of words and time. Makes me want to know more about the I Ching, too.

  3. rosemary
    August 4, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    when i read this amazing writing, such amazing images, i wonder why i keep trying. Then, i remember–i have to. “stick riddance” and “tonguewick”– two more stolen images for my image box.

  4. Charisse
    August 4, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Frosting the floozy is the new gilding the lily . . . .

  5. September 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Ooh yummy, your mouth music is such a meal. Who needs the bottle with this suturing spackle at the ready?

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