The Fate Of Words

by John Grey

Within this pen,

some words are confused,

don’t know what they’re doing there.

They just don’t belong together

but are being squeezed into sentences

one after the other,

without sense, without rhythm,

without any kind of rhyme.

Then they’re on the page,

with nowhere to hide,

and being bandied about before anyone who cares enough to read them.

They can’t erase themselves.

They can’t squeeze back through the ballpoint, drown their sorry beings in ink.

From this point on, they’re open to all eyes, all interpretations.

They’re a long way from the dictionary.

They’ve left their true meanings behind.


John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Orbis, Dalhousie Review and the Round Table. His latest books, “Leaves On Pages” and “Memory Outside The Head” are available through Amazon.

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