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1.
Pillar of chalk,
Nothing out of the ordinary.
 
Pebble exposed,
Carried to the shore
Onto a bed of sand.
Rolled; battered; eroded
By the waves of time.
 
No-one remarked on the heat and pressure
Pushing at the planktons’ skeletons,
Collapsing into their parts.
 
Petrified lime mud.
 
It was all going on.
The supercontinent cracked,
Magna rose from below,
Spilled out.
A superplume of water.
 
The sea level rose,
The sea ways formed
 
An Imprint of Time: A Pillar of Chalk.
2.

Pillar of human,
Rising out of the ordinary.
 
Continent of skeleton,
Pulsing blood, spreading muscle, vile bile.
Spirit exposed,
Carried onto the stage of life.
Rolled, battered, eroded
By the waves of time.
 
No-one remarked on the love and fear
Pressing on the chambers of heart
Collapsing into their parts.
 
Petrified.
 
It was all going on.
The dreams cracked,
Mystery rose from below,
Breathed out
Spirit exposed
A superplume of awakening.
 
The Imprint of Time formed
No return to past
 
Rest on the bed of time
Held still
Still held.
A Pillar of Human.
Kathy Briscoe responds to art in a visceral way sensing a meaning and capturing
that response in language. Informed by a factual description of the transformative process of chalk, this poem is a response to the chalk sculpture Perpectual Sand.  
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