Bookstore Poem #56. A few words about words

At the Green Lake branch of Seattle Public Library…

1
Words about words

Sometimes they take longer
than the words they are about

2
The books on the shelves
don’t prefer
one or the other

Their purpose
does not depend
on which words we choose

Their obsessions
and ours
sometimes align
in a game of Concentration
we don’t know
we are playing

The secret bond
connecting us
with the books on the shelves
connects them with each other

Yes, it is three-dimensional—
a matrix of synchronicity
an undiscovered element
connecting everything
everywhere

That’s what words are worth

(13 January 2018)

 

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