06.27.2008

Gnomon

A bone style,
sharp-pointed,
incises letters

on a wax tablet.
A bone style
flat, broad

smoothes
what is written.
A graver can bend

a legend,
settle or balk,
in such a manner

legal & slow
like time kept
with shadow

or signed
with a stylus
on straw paper.

With style
the drummer whisks
and wipes

his snare
like butter,
the shadow

still
should melt
under stage lights.

Gregory J. Ott (© 2008)