by Jim Benz

I seem to be lost in words,

your words, my words.
I’m almost reading,
but between the cadence
of your clock-setting, on the minute sighs
and observations, a time passes
needles, razors are forged and honed
across our peace

of mind, there is no cadence.

Broken needles,
not even intentional needles,
no rhythm or internal dialogues
coexist in the space
between our ears,

a fracture, a near frantic

looking, of both ways, of waiting
for a train of thought, our necks
on the rail,
or the tv channel

to change again, into chaos.

To change, again pausing
long enough for hope and absent
minded desire, long enough
for the turning of pages, in reverse
between syllables, paragraphs, strophe,

spilt words and laughter strains.

Too loud
a prattle, lost in empty words.
Your words, my words, spoken, written,
read, ambivalent, lost repeatedly,
everlasting, long overdrawn

so far as the meaning of our intent


Posted on 08/14/2005
Copyright © 2022 Jim Benz

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 08/15/05 at 06:37 PM

Excellent read from start to finish, reminding me the best poems are ones that reach way beyond their words, so that the reader feels the essence in the fibre of his/her own soul.

Posted by Susan Q Tomas on 08/17/05 at 02:23 PM

I love the word "cacophony", and this is very interesting because the cacophony can be heard in the silence.

Posted by Graeme Fielden on 08/17/05 at 02:30 PM

I agree with Chris. Excellent from start to finish. Introvertly explicit and insightful writing...very cool.

Posted by Mark Maxey on 10/13/05 at 03:16 AM

your phrasing and play on words with vivid imagery...WOW...great writing!

Posted by Elle O'Connor on 11/10/05 at 03:11 PM

I love the word "cacophony" too! This is great! I've been reading your work, but not commenting as of yet. I do that sometimes! It's all so good! Truly. I definitely have to check out your favorites list! It's interesting to see what the people I enjoy reading enjoy reading!!

Posted by George Hoerner on 04/05/12 at 12:29 PM

This is a wonderful write and read Jim. I missed this along the way and am so glad I found it!

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