A Questio of Taste

Economy
is fine
and if you
want it to rhyme
that’s OK too

 

But if you want to describe the exact correlation between a passing frown and chronic
consternation, or categorize the russet shades of autumn leaves in all the raked up variations a poet perceives:
you need to delve into dictionaries
thumb through thesauri
linger over Latin quotations
amuse yourself with onomatopoeia

litter the sheet with alliteration
detail the filigree fineness of every leaf

the scraping of each knotted branch

the scratch of each twig snapping as you climb higher

up to the leafy summit of description
pick the choicest fruit

bite into its juicy freshness
laugh at the ground
so far below


juice dribbling

jubilantly

down

your

chin

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© Johnmichael Simon

2004

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