Wednesday, March 1, 2023


When I make a point
to say it, does the pathos
of a half-moon 

made of crinkled-
but-unblemished paper 

in a sky 
of ink make 
sense to you? 

My guess is—the linguists 
were wrong 

about the world we interact in 
being really made 
of grammar. 

But perhaps, 
what there is 
is a pyramid 

of syntax—a chain 
of command 

in those words
which are good—

a hierarchy 
of all those
mysterious phrases

which swirl and tumble 
and jockey 
in our chests 

like still-
forming pearls for the 
chance to be expressed—

yet which 
cannot be grasped 

or appraised, just