If when starting to draw a line
I knew exactly where it was going to stop
I don’t think I would ever have drawn it at all
these are the
mean the most
I’ll just start
scar this bleached page
with a carbon line
and then, maybe, pick up a template –
circular no doubt –
and draw a few circles or half circles or circles within circles
thinking about linking them
I’ll keep going
until I feel like I’m satisfied
or I made a bad judgement
and I scrunch that paper into a
ball and throw it in the bin
I don’t have a
Waste Paper Basket
so it goes in with the other
stuff: food, tea bag, other mistakes
and the ones that I like?
Well they are put on a pile
just to add to the weight of
all the other things
I have around me.
I’ve taken a line for a walk before
I’ve also taken a dog for a walk
the one you have to pick up their shit
the other one you might just end up making it
The letter I (uppercase) is a straight line but it’s the ninth letter of the alphabet.
Why did they wait until then to use the most simple gesture?