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Len Lye


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SHOE OF MY MIND


Shoe of my mind walk me back
Through the wild garlic
To that day without end
Past alluvial earth
Steep with sun rain and wind
On the path leading
Through the fissured side
                      of the valley
Down to the sea
Take me to the Great Auk egg stones
That lie in the clear water
Stand me to look at the shadows
Of those big fish who visit the bay
Merge me with their shadows
To glide with them
Over the water-smoothed rocks
Out to the deep reaches
Beyond tide and change
But first strew my bones
                      to make fossils
In the ageless light
Of those petrifies shadows
To mark where they fell
On the stones of the sea.

 

Len Lye


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Last updated 22 August, 2001