Möbius Strip

reducing her life to seventeen bullet points
was simpler far than she’d somehow imagined
and she had them graven in cursive script
on a one-sided strip of her native silver
given a twist by a cunning smith
hammer-welded so the text is continuous

with the tip of his finger he traces
the edge of the strip with one edge
and one surface, re-entrant and cursive
like a nightmarish earworm, a catch
in four parts, with recursive remorse
and the cyclical tides of unable to finish



Mark Carson has published two pamphlets with Wayleave Press, Hove-to is a State of Mind (2015) and The Hoopoe’s Eye (2019).