04 February 2007

producing light not heat

When we use words we know just what they mean
but on their way to others' ears they change
and on arrival sound bizarre, fragmented, strange
both in their form and meaning. We have seen
this happen enough times in our lives, have been
aware that all signs and signifiers will range
between the possible and plausible, in exchange
we learn to keep our senses sharp and keen.
Now, when some villain enters with vile intent
to trap and shear those innocent as sheep
we rise as one and drive her from the stage;
we hope with all our hearts that they repent,
but also know that justice will not keep;
we know what message stays clear on the page.

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