Rain hard as tropical washes the retaining wall, cementing in place a structure built block by block. It’s not so hard, come to think of it, when the eye sees the pattern: square, then short, big block, then long rectangle. Pieced together it forms a barrier stronger than hands, stronger than the earth we moved to make it. Geometry is lost on me, but here, a beautiful thing recycled rises to meet the eye, teases it a little, and when the rain falls, changes the equation to a thing that’s new.

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