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20th anniversay issue #4
MARTIN JERVIS : 'One more drink to the sea'
MARTIN JERVIS : Circle

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MARTIN JERVIS
'One more drink to the sea'

One more drink for the sea Pondering journeys tuned in Chord and discord drifting across Plush waves and carpet crusts of salt A pitching and rolling inflicted state Eye-leveled upon white horses Briefly saddled but unridden Reining in against the rusty bows Salt stinging seasoned eyes That blinks fast in the feral spray Cold misting shores, distance lit By fire against a blackening sky Yet one more toast to the sea Mocking its begging fortress and Drowning memories of voyages Long since seeped into the sun

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MARTIN JERVIS
Circle

We live on a circle. We have searched the circumference With a fine tooth comb And the continuity is infinite. We have been trapped. Whatever has encircled us? Watches futile running Around 360 degrees. Whatever conceived us? Madly calculated A type of geometric theorem Leading to a thumping of walls. Whatever segmented us? Bestowed a diminished area Upon a decreasing space. Concepts have been reduced To solid polygon microdots That nearly ran out of space. Whatever invented scope? Only planned in circles And that which is angular Became familiar with surroundings That are spherical and here But never really in sight of What’s at the end of? A curved line.

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Alone in a bar/tavern, alone at sea, alone in a crowd. Very nicely done. Harkens to Coleridge’s “alone, alone, all, all alone,/alone on the wide, wide sea”.

Although "Circle" is a difficult read, it is a puzzle open to interpretation.

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