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Poetry by Mike Smith

The Thinker(1904) by Rodin. Courtesy: Creative Commons

The Ways of Working

The sculptor will tell you how you can
If you wish to make a man
With some it’s what you take away
With others what you overlay
So start with wire
Or start with stone
I know a hundred ways to be alone

With wire you make an armature
To shape your man on true and sure
The stone you prize from out of earth
As much as makes a whole man’s worth
Wind the wire
Carve the stone
I know a thousand ways to be alone

Add the sinew mould the face
But of your fingers leave no trace
Gouge out a mouth chip out some eyes
Finely etch a skin of lies
Bury the wire
Polish the stone
There are a million ways to be alone

Mike Smith lives on the edge of England where he writes occasional plays, poetry, and essays, usually on the short story form in which he writes as Brindley Hallam Dennis. His writing has been published and performed. He blogs at www.Bhdandme.wordpress.com 

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