Friday, February 22, 2013

There, There Then

Words, we say, are the worst way
To apprehend the world. Words
At best are fingers pointing
At the moon, at worst mislead us.

Words take us away from being
In the fullness of the present.
They lack the truth-telling rigor
Of well-applied abstract math.

They distract us from the universal
Power of pictures, the primal
Sublime emotional thrum of music.
Words don't even really mean

Anything: when serious they're just
Semantics, and we name their purest
Play nonsense verse. Words,
We words say, are the worst.

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