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The Last Law of Sculpture

by Elizabeth Langemak

  • Always, there are limits to what can be
  • carved free of time.  Egyptian, Greek, Roman:
  • of each the same is logged to our halls.  Box-
  • flat chests of soldiers and slaves, fists pulled tight
  • to sides, granite sheets worried low through thighs
  • of the spent.  In the Louvre stone frogs gather
  • feet to eyes and glyphs cut shallow valleys
  • in stone.  Only the Sphinx with his arched neck
  • is blasted snout to mouth.  Dicks from men,
  • fingers branching off babies, nipple tips
  • gone as if casually swiped: the art form knows
  • only one bitter pattern.  Time knocks off
  • what sticks out.  If you dared, you could reach out,
  • wave your hand through the absence.  But you don’t.

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