Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the twenty-second poem in this series. This week’s piece welcomes back Linda Eve Diamond.
You’re too rigid,
said the circle to the square.
Said the square to the circle,
I don’t care.
At least I make a few good points
while you spin round and round to no avail.
Into the night they fought and compared,
but beneath the arcs and angles, they cared.
In time, the square became less pointed
and the circle, painfully more jointed.
In the end, they were a wreck of tangle.
The only one standing was the triangle,
who came to three profound points:
- A square is not a circle.
- A circle can’t be cornered by a square.
- A circle and a square should never dare
to fall in love.
I asked Linda what prompted this piece and she said…a long night of insomnia (and probably the shapes in the dark of a round lamp, a trinket box, and a triangular alarm clock).
It was great, thank you, Linda.
Her work (and play) earned two awards from the International Listening Association and a Coffee House Press Poetry Award.
Her poetry and essays have been published in journals, anthologies and online.
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