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Last Updated: 10/29/2007
On Walling Each Other Out in Israel & Texas
Bernadette Rule


Nature eschews a straight line
  like that of the sword
     or the rifle stock
  Look at the ocean, oh the ocean
that essay on overwhelming power
  its brokenness
      its repetitious grace
   All water in its force
purls around rocks
  describing the beauty
     of the long way around
        Firm rocks curve, absorb, will give
           Should the desert settle into flat planes
        the wind will come sweeping it
     into scalloped waves
  Curve, it seems to say
turn
  Circle back

Bernadette Rule has had six collections of poetry published, most recently The Literate Thief: Selected Poems (Larkspur Press, 2006). The collection later published as Gardening At The Mouth of Hell (West Meadow Press, 1997)won the poetry prize at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival in 1991. She teaches English at Mohawk College, and creative writing in the Writing Certificate Program at McMaster, & is a long-standing member of Development & Peace.


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