The Air Is Full of Words


Already by the dawn
the air is full of words
words as weighty as tanks
words as fleet-footed as bees
precise words calling for precision
ambiguous words suggesting ambiguity
optimistic words promising victory
defeated words assuring defeat
tender words inviting intimacy
angry words fueling war
poetic words at love 

already by the dawn
the air is full of words
so full the words collide
crash into each other as water
melts in tumbling over a waterfall
before melding into a single stream
newsprint is not what it once was
words etched hard onto the drum
then run on presses into trees
tossed by boys on lawns
from fat-tired schwinns

already by the dawn
the air is full of words
I hear voices upon waking
opening my homepage words
flow on the screen like mercury
the letters changing before my eyes
their meaning milked by editors
till spinach turns to chocolate
and foul becomes finesse
for truth we get opinion
for wisdom but satire


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to The Air Is Full of Words

  1. Morgan says:

    Quiet and Lovely.

    Blessings for a week filled with Inspiration ~


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