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Issue # 8 September 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

John Sibley Williams


Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man

Against the shed out back
various implements stained by use
lean into each other,
pressing with one hand.
The wooden wall groans

and will give
be remade of aluminum
or steel—
the whole structure—

but who discards
even the rustiest,
insignificant spade
when it knows the weeds
all too well?