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Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present “Zeno Again” by Bob Carlton. Mr. Carlton lives and works in Leander, Texas. Visit him at www.bobcarlton3.weebly.com.
Zeno Again Bob Carlton
Thus the wait
Poet's Notes: I really cannot remember what occasioned this poem specifically but I have noticed that the theme of interminable waiting has been a constant in my work over the years. I guess this was just another way of treating the subject. The short paired lines give it a kind of tick-tock effect of moments passing, but discreet moments that lead nowhere on their own, always requiring the next to give any sense of completeness. And of course infinitely divisible moments seen in isolation can lead to that sense that a hoped for conclusion will never arrive.
Editor’s Note: What a clever use of line and stanza breaks and a witty take on an "Achilles and the Tortoise" type paradox. Zeno would be proud.