Words /an ode


WORDS, they come a-sneaking, a-stomping, creeping in with sissing sounds or bold, brass, bongo drum-drumming, bang-banging.

They float and refuse to land – flittering like butterflies, afraid to land.

Basking, bare in big displays. Gasp and stare at: Full Frontals – on parade! So ripe & crude, to cause a blush.

And disobeying, mixing tenses up, so they are here but have never had been once before, to there.

Oh words! I love you for your subtleness and your silliness.

Promise me, at least: you’ll Never leave me with that despair:

of an empty head, a poised pen and a blank page.

by Elizabeth Haley-Wood


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