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---   A N D R E W   S H I E L D S  

A length is never too long
for Achilles and the tortoise
to argue about whether it can be
crossed without danger of being run
or running over whatever is
in the middle of the road
not safely in the ditch where the glare
of headlights blinds heroes and hares
and the turtles they chase
without ever harming a hair
on any of their heads as they divide
and divide again and conquer
every distance which is
not near the place where they began
to argue about whether it can be
or not be a question that the fruit
hanging down from the branches
and the water in the ditch are
always out of reach.

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