A continuous one-sided surface that can be formed
from a rectangular strip by rotating one end 180°
and attaching it to the other end.
American Heritage Dictionary
There's no way to know where I start. Or end.
What appears to be outside & so obviously
true is a trick, curving like a slow-moving figure eight
that somehow turns inside out. I can try
to force things apartbut at great personal risk,
for Ill sever myself in two, clean through the heart,
or hurl & spin out to the blue
only to boomerang right back.
Foolishly, I think myself closer to the basic secret
when I find something far too revealing, that demanding
voice I want no one to hear but me
as I reach further down, pull a gasp clean through
all the way up from my toes
to my belly & throatan ache
so real I can hardly breathe.
But I wont stop unfurlingnot when a seductive turf
tempers and ripples before me. Then in a wink
Ive vaulted awayonly to find myself chasing
along my edges again, as I grope
for any tear in the surface, finger the air
for some invisible thread, come so near
as a hairs breadth from this riddle
with my nameborn in a simple half-twist,
waving me in.