Tuesday, June 14, 2022


Have you noticed
how some words 

like to manifest 
their inverse? 
Like how 

"fine" seems to mean
fifty one percent, 

so doing "fine"
on that test means you've
technically failed it. 

Or how "not bad"  
is when your doctor calls 
to say you're "alright,"

despite the persistence 
of those same few
chronic ailments.

And then there's 
extreme ones, like "holy" 
and "sacred"

which taint with shame 
and isolate 
the things to which they refer;

and while we're on the subject, 
let's not forget 

which, historically speaking, 
got misapplied 
to anything 

which was about 
to become 
very popular.