Stravaigin’ the scrow

handleHow long is the scroll?

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Does the hunt end at
The end of the story,
Or does it end at the end
Of many other things and backtracks?

Of an adword widget,
Seven recent comments,
And two rows of images tiled triptych,
All bound to vaguely related
Alternative temptations,

Perhaps a horizontal rule,
Failing to regulate,
An orphan arrowhead
Angle bracket, above the dark
Grey pedestal, where rashes
Of votive icons tooltip
Promises of community.

Or does the reel unroll
More-or-less at the
Cul-de-sac centre
of the present sense?

I can’t tell how long it’s
Going to take, or just
How firmly my mind
must be set to track
From the sweeter
to the bitter…

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…Why,

…………I’ve,

……………………already
………………..begun…

b-Gun?

 ……………to drift
………..a bit,

……………………and

……………skim…

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Now that slidebar in the
Sidebar suddenly seems so very small,
As if this page now runs on
And on for weeks or yards or
A virtual infinitum of previously posted
Items, and I’m afraid I may, in
Skipping through, have
Fumbled my shaky grasp upon
The gist of the present thread…

]

Let’s back up a bit and try again.

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…I’m afraid I may, in
Skipping through, have
Fumbled my shaky grasp upon
The gist of the present thread.

It’s weft?

]

In a paper wrapped childhood,
Glancing found the length remaining,
Sly plumbing thumbings,
To sound the depth of pages
Outstanding,
Measured gestures,
Discrete from the
Word wise business of
The reader’s share.

When a rolled book
was stick wound,
The ancient might,
By heft and length,
Weigh the task
In hand.
A sure assay to measure
Meanings meant
To come.

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So much more sketchy here to,
Gauge how, and when, and if,
We may at last draw near to
The goal and the end.

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So, then: longer than you might think.

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stravaig: (Scots) to roam, wander idly, gad about in an aimless casual manner

scrow: (archaic Scots) a scroll, writing, or documents in list or schedule form.

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