grammar w/o lexicon

by Richard Paez

lines break/in(g)
punctuated equilibrium
meter broken
by hard returns

the words don't matter anymore—
just the patterns

i have found myself
conjoined to split infinitives—
not a person anymore
an algorithm

You did this to me
You are legion
contexts and constructs
structures i have attached myself to
to give myself meaning

i've grown perverted:
an inverted
elliptical subject
in a world
of passive predicates
serving indirect objects

i am grammar without lexicon
and You have made me this way
You the plurality
me the singularity

for punctuation.


Author's Note: Oh, this could be so much better. If I had the time or the mind to make the grammar match the images, to illustrate syntactically what I express symbolically, then I would be truly happy with this. But the truth is, I (…).

Posted on 05/02/2006
Copyright © 2020 Richard Paez

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Bruce W Niedt on 07/16/06 at 04:56 PM

Nicely done - have you read my poem in the same vein, "Past Participle (or, Breaking Up with the English Teacher)? A little more tongue-in-cheek than yours, but the same concept. And congrats on POTD! d:-)

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 07/17/06 at 04:37 AM

CONGRATULATIONS on POTD! This is so brilliant!

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