13 December 2008

Cord Of Wood

chord of wood

seeing simplicity
stacked where scholars
count cords of wood in
4 by 4 by 8 feet lots
is not risk-taking
– so they say

the measure
means less than
the horrendous reality
that these were once
a biodiversity
of living trees

discorded innocence
it is which bears the name
but odium clings
to the deciders
of need & fate

the symmetry
I see equates to
human beings piled
neatly by the Sheldon cord
their uncertain destiny
© 16 August 2008, I. D. Carswell