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by Brian Francis

What is it you just said

it makes no sense to me?

It sounds

as though there should

be meaning,

but the words

seem to fight for attention

rather than work together

to convey your intent.

What did you mean

with this complex construction?

It leaves me lost

as though in a fog;

a morphemic haze,


at some unknown idea

which is deftly avoiding me.

Did you toss your words upon a page

and shuffle them about

Or are you missing the point of language—

the expression of idea…


Posted on 06/07/2009
Copyright © 2024 Brian Francis

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Alison McKenzie on 06/07/09 at 03:05 PM

I don't know, sometimes I suppose it does end up incomprehensible to others, but since I mostly write to get it off my chest, it's ok with me when I don't really gain an audience. Plus, I'll bet you could always ask questions!

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 06/08/09 at 02:35 PM

...words, words, words...it's a wonder anything's ever been built, well, the tower of Babel...and we're still there! ex. love---i love my black silverado, BUT i love my grandson...hummmmm, one word TWO DISTINCT meanings...well written, heavy concept.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 06/08/09 at 10:33 PM

Simple but well worded expression of frustration at the self-indulgence of some poets. Seems sometimes one has to wade through ten poems like the one you've described to get a good one.

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