Making a Mark

‘Supreme form of the sacred: the mark and the void.’ Roland Barthes

There’s a tablet over there.
And words on it.
Maybe a letter
is missing and your
job is to find
the missing letter
and scratch it onto
the stone. Used to
think the Book of Mercy
was what we needed and
the Book of Longing was
who we were, but maybe
the Book of Annotations
is closer to our truth.
The letters are infinite,
everyone can add
one, like a handprint
on a cave wall.

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