Lines for Kate

Follow the line, Katy, go with the flow;

trace its urgent passage across the bleached

plane of the page. Learn to feel its rhythms.

Mark the arch of the old man’s back as he

leans into the wind, driving the bike on,

with heaving breaths, against a wall of air.

Note the gentle arc of the girl’s arm – the

unselfconscious beauty of it – as she

flicks a lock of red hair from her forehead.

Follow the ice-carved, rain-scoured rim of the

hills: line without beginning, without end,

fixed between earth and sky, owned by neither.