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


BIO: Mary Cresswell is from Los Angeles and lives on New Zealand's Kapiti Coast. 'Body Politic' (The Cuba Press, Wellington) is a collection of nature poems for nature in crisis. Also see:

Mary Cresswell


Physics Lesson

We make light of love
insisting that nothing reflects
from the dark side of the moon.

When light goes too far
it curves and comes back
making seismic waves that
wash up fossils

the forgotten fishes whose
sharp backbones extrude
from pale gravels in
railway cuttings.

We see why Sisyphus
bears the weight he bears
rather than look up
at the darkness ahead.