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by John W. Steele

Words to laugh
Words to cry
Words to sail
Beyond the sky

Words defined
So incomplete
Velvet bitter
Coarse or sweet

Broken words
Beyond repair
Twisted bent
And out of square

Words forsaken
Left unsaid
Still as sculpture
Cold and dead

Words revealed
Cosmic law
Good for weapons
Shock and awe

So severe
Clothed as beggars
Bad and good

Words explained

Words distorted
Beat to death
Cloned perceptions
Made of breath

Born of madness
Filled with grace
Etched in time
Or long erased

Words do little
To reveal
Who they are
Or what they feel

Copyright © 2008 by John W. Steele

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