(for Robert Frost) There’s something about a hole. How the spade cuts the earth first the back of the hole then the front—the sides. How the spade snuggles under the loose earth to lift it out. The pile of clean earth loose at the side of the hole the shape it takes. Most holes are not round the small roots that appear at the sides the clay and rocks that disturb the symmetry. You go on handling the spade cutting the shape and depth of the hole which appears in a negative three dimensions slowly before you. You may be…

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