One Minus One Is None


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Not in the making of the snowman,
but its destruction.
Not its construction,
nor its creation;
neither the sound of the children
nor a foothold gained —
but the warmth, and the wind, and the rain.

Half a sonnet is better than none.
Two are twice as good as one.
It’s not in the winning
of the race begun,
and it’s not the legend of the sun —
this is the beginning —
and the thing is done.

Bruce McRae, a Canadian musician, came to poetry late but has enjoyed a large number of publications in the past 10 years, recently gaining airplay for his poems and songs in the U.K., Australia and the U.S.A. The So-Called Sonnets, is his first book, which this audio poem is an excerpt from. More information can be found on his website: