No Straight Lines

Mountain trails rugged with rocks

Meandering streams and winding rivers

Coastlines carved by splashing water

Forest paths marked by animal tracks and children’s play

Shape a round, round world.


And then…the straight track of gun shot

Sudden illness

Dichotomies of right-wrong, left-right, black-white, rich-poor, better-worse, short-tall

Seek to define the human way.


Yet…out of mushy marsh land, darkness and ice

Life takes flight

Into a round, round, vibrant world.


Veronica Blake