An audience watches as a

        heron stalks the shoreline

                of the river, stepping

with the greatest deliberation, the way a skater

                     fights to keep his form or a ballerina
           prepares her leap, so studied,

  intent, focused, as if life and death

hung on every movement,

               which just happens to be the case

                    in this slow motion dance of

             discord on the margins of
                                        the  Concord.

September 7, 2003

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