Roman Numerals
By Deborah H. Doolittle


Icon from a time
more numerous: Roman
one, the ego
capitalized; pronoun,
sing me! Ivory, iris,
sleeping eyes. Pillar
of salt or smoke or fire.
Irony climbs like ivy.
Laconic columns add
up doric or iconic.
In labyrinthine
corinthian, one can
find the id
of any idea, the single
reed pipe, a solo
song repeated--and its
proper order--the final
hint of more to come.

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