Into the Margin

Subscribe to the first step taken
from a justified line
into the margin.
from “The First Gloss” by Seamus Heaney

An admonition from a fourth-grade teacher––
Don’t forget your margins, is countered
by the poet Heaney encouraging us
to subscribe to the first step taken/
from a justified line/
into the margin.

Two margins, two ideas––
one to contain what is written between,
the other to boldly walk beyond what
has been contained, testing for limits.
Are there any other than those we impose
on our own thinking?

What might we learn by transgressing
daring to go, step by step, as Heaney did
further and further beyond the known
into the margin where All might reveal Itself.

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