The Scaffold

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The Scaffold



Superficial? The fragile scaffolding

Leant lightly on the tower’s rising flanks -

A web of tubing, spigots, wooden planks,

Cross-braces, brackets, guard-rails, enfolding

The fabrication within. Supportive, though

Dependent on the structure that it served,

The flimsy network clung to stone and curved

Around the circumference, an echo,

Or ripple, of its shape in air. Each pin

And coupling increased the rigidity

And presence of the net – an entity

Itself – until the temple trapped within,

Shuddering in her claustrophobic rage,

Craved freedom from the confines of her cage.

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