At the turn, the links
on the rising ground
lean out a ridge
a loop, a brass pinch
              of chain. Akin to clean divides
the pricked edge cold, flinches
turns the tall mound aside.
This all held together by joints
              so lank and thinned
the flex in secular diagonal
shuffles and scuffs of a fianchetto
the long development sinking
              the collared flange and hat’s flat rim
projecting ribs on the rail
protect the flank’s side
a cut in victory from the hip
flanken, tested by the body’s curve.