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March 16, 2023

Interval 25

against the wall, the paint of ages

peeling away, the shape

of a man, head bent in thought

as to the floor, its firmness, fitness

for a further step, the weight

of his intended tread, his wish

to walk on, into the infinite of time

left behind, and the steps to come,

away from the shadow that shaped him,

from the wall, where he and the light

were first thrown, the page of brightness

first inscribed, the space painted

in defiance of age, to stage the sense

of a scene, of a being once bent in thought


© the author

by Ray Malone

Ray Malone is an Irish writer and artist in Berlin, working on a series of projects exploring the lyric potential of minimal forms based on various musical and/or literary modes/models. His work has been published in numerous print & online journals in the US, UK and Ireland.

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