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Take the Measure

Stephen Bett

Maybe we’re all
damaged people,
huh?

And carry, not the
ghosts of cliché,
but chaos deep
within us

Take the measure—
my chaos means
to hold you

Vortex of fast rivets
hammered
into a brace
of steel

Brace is two,
remember

The measure
is also



"Take the Measure" was originally published in Track This: A Book of Relationship. The collection is reviewed here.