©1999 by Zofia Burr  All rights reserved.

 Zofia Burr

[L]ead is a material different from all other materials, a metal which you feel is tired, perhaps tired of transforming itself and that does not want to transform itself anymore: the ashes of who knows how many other elements full of life, which thousands upon thousands of years ago were burned in their own fire. ŪPrimo Levi
A star's last life as lead
is in working
the rock whose closed
weight seems dead
but instead is full
of deception
to absorb those perils it has lived
hidden all of the lives it has
under a skin of glass to reflect
you may weigh it against the tangle
that our dead are,
worn through like old skin
who knows how many other
elements in their own transformations
once wore.
what's left will be
wrought of the course
memory follows
after those shapes it took after

what's left then is liquid
as feeling, elastic
as flesh.
past dissolution go likewise
open as matter's most constant
continue to installation...

© 1999 Zofia Burr  All rights reserved.