Poem introduction

Surface patterns for design have traditionally arisen from natural forms, this came from a scientific encounter with a mammal, microscope and slide.

Snout of the Mole

The puzzle of a bulrush, 
seen protruding 
from a discarded down pipe, 
is in fact a common mole. 
We can tell this by its paddle legs, 
snout biro-ing. If it were dead, 
and it will be soon if it’s not released, 
we could take it inside, coolly slice 
a horizontal section of its dermal root, 
from the vibrissa of its muzzle, 
wonder at asymmetric patterns 
beneath the slide, how the hair 
is surrounded by a vertical plexus
of nerve terminal, how it would look 
duplicated in crimson 
along the full circle of an A-line.


from Signs of Early Man (Templar, 2009), © Jane Weir 2009, used by permission of the author and the publisher

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