Do maps redraw themselves after they are
rolled up and put back in the drawer ?
Do rivers and mountains relocate and
topographically readjust in the quiet
of the dark whilst we are asleep ?
Are distances shortened between
continents before those maps are
once again unfurled and inspected
by statesmen and generals over Port and cigars ?
Do red lines themselves alter language ,
reinvent culture ,annul history or do they
only seem to do so long after they are drawn ?
To think ,if the maps had been handled differently ,
we should have ended up on the other side
of a line made by an errant pencil stroke .