Today's poem is by Michael McFee


Its perpendicular
tilted, falling forward,

this oblique stroke
between lines of verse

or fractions’ numbers
or month/day/year

separates & connects
parts of some whole:

its diagonal can also
offer us alternatives

like his/her, and/or,
a skinny twig partway

between limb & ground,
like me not quite vertical

or horizontal, a slash
leaning into stiff wind.

Copyright © 2017 Michael McFee All rights reserved
from the Southern Review
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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