care in excise

there’s nothing so dangerous as deletion,
removal, excise, nothing so
worrisome,
so irreversible,
“always take care with the saw,”
they’d say,
“measure twice, cut once”,
they’d say,
but still, how thrilling to
cut, cut, cut away,
how delightful to
dig all the roses up with the weeds and
hurtle, half-dreamed and half-formed,
down long, lone highways.

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