The Butterfly Effect

by Chris Freifeld
Delectable Mnts
Third Place, October 2012
Judged by Polina Barskova


Each deed, a unit of
measurement, a strung
bead

Wooden and weighted
with its own baggy
heft

Its signature
markings, concentric
effects

A pebble plays the rippled water harp

Where is the intention kept?

Hidden in the gears, perhaps
revealed in every stroke
of the machine or packed
in dreams or both, I think,
but mostly in between

The soft connective tissue
that we mean.


Very subtle, light, delicate poem. Given its subject could be more more didactic--one imagines, but instead it lulls rather than preaches. As a visual text, as a sheer shape it's beautiful. --Polina Barskova

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