Making Way

Though made for ornament

these are used markings, used furniture,

at which for centuries sat

and thought and worked a panoply

of hands, which piled

on page after page and gigabytes of gothic wordiness.

An image clears the mind of its roughest edges.

And De-Rusto does its job as well, clarifies

whatever ambiguities remain, cleans even

the metallic trim of experience. And rather

than discarding the carpentry of generations past

we’ll use it as a stand for the new machine.