How to Write Poems #49

Rip a page from a defective
dictionary, or a dull novel. Cross
out the words you don’t need,
like unnecessary or egregious;
words you don’t like, such as
homeland or atrocity; words you
don’t want, like heart or knife.
You may be left with nothing
but articles or pronouns,
those monosyllabic grunts
indicative of something
like passion, or pain

©2005 F.J. Bergmann

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