Featured Poem: Paperclips — A Parable

By Patricia Doyne
Diablo/Alameda Branch


A paperclip is simple:

two loops of wire,

one inside the other.

Wires need to slightly separate

in order to hold tightly.

It’s a lesson for parents,

for lovers, for friends.

A small space between creates a bond.

Too big a space leads to loss.

Calibrating the space is a lifelong quest.




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