“UPON THE FIGUREHOOD IN SCULPTURE”

upon the figurehood in sculpture
who, patient, commands attention
with his unthinking gaze
although his shape, as man as my own no
change for him, nor chance by stone-
(he is a stoic friend)
alas, his only origins chisel
towards my truth–I know I am wrought
by carving circumstance
from what must have been drier quarries
and deeper veins of dyed white / red
(yet stilled in drafty halls)
oh, ye monuments of older earth,
one’s still assured in timeless pose?
a choice, or by design?

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