shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Grace Marie Grafton



Take this blunder and slice it thin
or render it a skirt with ruffles
sewn into the hem or inside the seams.
Seems so unnecessary to judge but
just look how frequently letters are
doubled in the words, chosen by whom?
Our voices mimic the owls, our sounds
search skies and limbs for the flight
of birds, for the breaching of whales.
Set picnic baskets on the beach, don't wait
for rocks to rub round in the wash
of waves. We use prepositions to
connect, we double our letters to love.