Helical

three line tales, week 158: a border with a barbed wire fence
Image accredited to Robert Hickerson via Unsplash

 

(Our lives boil)        [down to helical strands],  {coiled secret hearts}
(with promises)              [empty and forgotten]  {in scaly chambers}
(impatient to erupt) — [Rapunzel locked away] {eager to unfurl}.

 


 

Written for Week 158 of Three Line Tales in response to the above image. However off-putting the format, there is some intent behind it. Each bracket, () [] {}, is meant to form a column, potential stand-alones beyond the straightforward text. The idea is based on found poetry and polyptych art, separate scenes surrounding (and perhaps responding/relating to) a ‘main panel,’ which I generally consider to be the unbroken reading.

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