A Bower in the Arsacides

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Chapter 102: A Bower in the Arsacides

Turn, and turn, and turn,
The body's a temple!
Turn, and turn, and turn,
The body's a temple!

Everybody go to an island in the Arsacides!
In a hilltop glen, find the secrets of a function
Long layered as the base,
Foundation of every dead or living race.
It's all in the body,
The memory of body.

Turn, and turn, and turn,
The body's a temple!
Turn, and turn, and turn,
The body's a temple!

Every man a life woven through the spaces of every death.
Frames of passage carved with a long-learned certainty.
A pean to the shoulders
We grow on, but not over;
A density, breathing.
Oh, oh.

How to measure life? Turn into the body!
Measure every rib, measure every quarry!
Every bit is made from a something made before.

(c) and (p) 2008 Patrick Shea

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from The Best of Call Me Ishmael, released March 7, 2012

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Patrick Shea Brooklyn, New York

Patrick is a nerd, a book lover, a math afficianado, an Ishmael, and an Ahab. He lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters. He grew up in Portland, OR; and has also lived in Grinnell, IA (for college); and Austin, TX.

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