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From the recording On This Shore

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ELLIPSE

The curves of the palm leaf are you,
The camber of eyelashes, the curl of waves,
Caress of winds,
Ripples in sand: you.

Before you came into my life
I was a spiky crown of compass points, calculi
of angles, intersections in a desert.

Now with our bodies we shape
an earthen circle. We chart zodiacs
in parabolas of deep inner space.

Our song, a spiral, a vibrating sphere,
the surf’s crashing concavities,
exhalations of foam
spreading silken fingers up the sand.

Poem by Brian Campbell
Recited by Brian Campbell
Recording, engineering, ocean samples by Martin Bennett, Studio Loco, Montreal