bound and unbound

Charles Ray, untitled (1973)


bound and unbound
tethered and untethered
which is the body of mediation—the human form or the tree?
do I project myself into his space,
the binding a cruel act against him—
or is it animal attraction to the tree?
is he free there, suspended against gravity
or am I instead the tree,
possibly imposed upon, bearing this unwieldy thing,
so awkward in its limbs and attitude
do we come to equilibrium,
being neither one way nor the other

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