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ROBERT BEROLD
builders

abraham the carpenter made the gumpole trusses
lifted them onto the walls with their apexes hung down,
swung them up, nailed them to the brandering,
nailed on the storm strapping and the corrugated iron
which bangs and rankles as the temperature changes.

emmanuel the disgruntled builder fitted the windows in
with one skin of bricks which blew down in the wind,
built it up again, cemented the outside stones, shaped the fireplace
and poured the floor - a smooth pond of black cement
blackened with iron oxide and immaculately floated.

the golden orb spider makes a long thread, swings
to the next tree with the wind, and from this single arc
the whole web is constructed. he moves back and forth,
testing the tensions. the web trembles between the branches.
everything flies in front of his eyes.