Semantic notions about life: an exploration of words and signs, and the stories they are trying to tell.

se·cure

se·cure

barre3 SE studio, Portland, OR, USA

barre3 SE studio, Portland, OR, USA

se·cure /səˈkyo͝or/

Verb. Fixed or fastened so as not to give way, become loose, or be lost.

Start with the most obvious choices. Pull
the construction zone-orange cap
up to open
a bottle of white school glue.
Puncture
a tube of industrial strength
superglue
(be mindful of your fingers when handling).
Sift
through the junk drawer
for scotch tape. Or perhaps,
there’s still some life left
in that rarely used roll
of double-sided.
Better yet, find the duct tape.

There are claims it can fix just about anything.

Try multi-colored pushpins.
Pluck
shiny, silver tacks
from a cardboard sheet.
Pry open
clear, plastic packets of nails,
or go straight for the screws
of varying lengths
to cover all potential weights.

Search for three-ply, twisted
twine.
Upgrade
to thick, braided ropes.
Check the trunk of the car for a stash
of bungee cords – if you give it a longitudinal pull,
it causes a tight squeeze to the core.

Purchase chains
by the foot, but keep in mind,
there are several to choose from.
Pay attention
to the variance
in design.
Some are intended for lifting and pulling.
The links you seek are torus in shape.
The same shape
as the magnetic field around our bodies, the Earth.
Some even believe the universe itself
is a spinning torus. This form that simultaneously
expands
and contracts.
Maintains opposites
in a larger balance.

These are all viable options,
depending on what you’re trying
to keep in place.
Ask yourself
what it is you intend
to anchor.
Ask yourself
if the epoxy or fastener
required for the task at hand
can be purchased off a shelf, ordered online, bought in bulk.

Then ask yourself
does such a thing even exist

if there are any proven solutions
with a money-back guarantee
for what it’s going to take

to hold on
to you.

prom·ise

prom·ise

frag·ile

frag·ile