also by design

by Marisa Siegel

About fences and gates: It’s the swing. The constant accompaniment of memory taking shape, being herded through other memories, being in many memories at once. A compliment of concordant shapes.

And preemptive protection. Boundary-defining for safety, but also by design to be difficult, to be presumptuously defensive in stature. Disappearing and throwing the blame over. A shifting.

About the constant keeping of all the circling, the tensed shoulders always ready, for what, for shouldering the pronouns, the linear ignorance of a certain gesture, of a refusing to look back. A decision.