28 November 2008



sitting just below the parapet
of common-sense is not the same
thing as expectation-lowering
(although it reduces viewpoint
and elbow’s elegancy on desk)

but here below your line of
fire I am no longer the prey

this diminution of alleged
stature actually suits me – mollifies
delusions of grandeur produces
steadfastness in modesty
renews energies

lower your seat fifteen
centimetres and see...
© 2 September 2008, I. D. Carswell