Tuesday, March 01, 2005

The Brain Floats

The brain floats on a lake of words
just as once the world was held
on elephant-back above a sea -
subversive rhyme suggests that herds

of metaphors with sharper beak
tear at the silence of unease;
a philosopher feels on his cheek
the tears of which he cannot speak.

(Peter Porter, from "Whereof We Cannot Speak")


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