the indispensables of a major concern

It must seem peculiar to the sense,
that is certain:
every detail
sketching, every
line defying meaning less than meaning tone.

It must be the one, in all events,
kept alert and,
wringing detail
from the many,
first to masticate the marrow from the bone.

It must be that fearsome consequence
of the burden
born by detail:
most unsteady,
crumbling, subject to a will not quite its own.

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