Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Crossroads of Words

Words in a dictionary crouch in their shapes
away from bad dreams unraveled in words,
away from metaphors confusing clarity
with slack springs drawn taut with wit

Word is a thing spoken, deposited,
joined in a fine seam, shoved into
thickets, leading and following
on the same line, with the same breath

Any word is both an inside and an outside;
gallant in front of a sovereign Khedive,
coarse when forced to stare at a seaman
keelhauled on a whaling ship

Some people lose words, sounds bend
in silence and then dissemble. Others
reel words out like seed threading
a furrow and wait for listeners

Linda Watskin ©2010


  1. Linda,
    I love what you did with the prompt.

  2. Linda, this poem of yours fits well under your blog title. You looked at words in many ways, each of them unique and depthful. Well composed.

  3. I especially liked the last stanza, brought it into everyday for me, with the sadness and the madness of it.

  4. The third stanza does it for me; words from two very different worlds!