The Medieval Coast
A village of stone cutters. A village of soothsayers.
Men who burrow into the earth in search of gems.
Circus in-laws who pyramid themselves into trees.
Home life. A fear of distance along the southern coast.
Every stone-cutter has his secret mark, angle of his chisel.
In the village of soothsayers
bones of a familiar animal
This wisdom extends no more than thirty miles.
Ondaatje, Michael. “The Medieval Coast.” In Handwriting. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1998. 20.