Sunday, May 2, 2010

Defining the word without using the word.

Robert Irwin (American recent)

The best of this impassive cadre of

Is 'flash'.

Accept that some things
Lie more vast
And expensive--

Prohibitive in the curious
Wash that made of

Canyons fresh


And of rash, human encounters

Momentarily blinding


See how, at this moment

We run from harm--

Even in the abstract this arm of meaning,
This flailing lash,

So brutal, is yet so self-dependent:

You can't even define the flash
Without using the word--

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