Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Variations of a line

In mathematics a line plays many roles -- as in this fine poem (which is a sonnet, more or less).

     Lines     by Martha Collins

     Draw a line. Write a line. There.
     Stay in line, hold the line, a glance
     between the lines is fine but don't
     turn corners, cross, cut in, go over
     or out, between two points of no
     return's a line of flight, between
     two points of view's a line of vision.
     But a line of thought is rarely
     straight, an open line's no party
     line, however fine your point.
     A line of fire communicates, but drop
     your weapons and drop your line,
     consider the shortest distance from x
     to y, let x be me, let y be you.

"Lines" is found in Some Things Words Can Do, (Sheep Meadow, 1998).

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