Saturday, January 17, 2015

On Lapidary

That is lapidary, change one word to establish the right tenor,
Or leave it in place and wait for perceptions to change. The seer's plenum
Belies Proteus, is salvation from illusory time's flowing,
And by the logic of lapidary, applied change through redacting
Is no more or less real than change that transpires through ever evolving
Contexts; and the seer's reconnaissance for a poem is in the past,
Present and future, and in the crepuscular light, vast
Scherenschnitt dendrites. See, how verse can alter without intervention
Using non-literal time, made relevant and annealed of tension
Through figurative context change; and note my semantic extension
Of Lapidary, the cardinal trope.