Arguing Semantics

by Teri T Lahmon

A chasm yawns between "do not" and "can not"
A deep greedy black hole
Which devours all sentiment
Teaching, finally
What it is to miss you

Nascent shades of grey, infinite in their ambiguity
Between "can't" and "won't"
And the heart learns, finally
The dubious nature of the human will
How fear can stagnate love
How despite the instruction of romance novels
Gordian knots do not begin to unravel themselves
After a hundred pages under the steady assault of devotion

A sliver lies between "will not" and "do not"
A subtle connotation
The glint of an eye
Minute twitch of an unwilling smile
A dismissable, barely noticeable crack in space
Into which a heart can slide
And be lost to nothingness.


Posted on 07/28/2004
Copyright © 2022 Teri T Lahmon

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Max Bouillet on 07/29/04 at 12:24 AM

Our conditioning leads us into behavior that is less than helpful. Great and insightful read that brings a lot of wisdom to the reader.

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