Tag: literacy

War Poets

Paul Verlaine's Chanson d'automne
was coded - still popular poetry -
to give notice -

his long sobs of French-sung violins
declared an Allied invasion
to those listening

Whilst she never understood speeches
of love - and our common
mistakes -

I would rarely read to her - she rarely read . . .

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White Gloves

Words are not
field-dug hoards
or fragile relics -

to be held offline
in bound spines -
for those educated

and up-it classes
to have - to hold
in cotton gloves -

then returned
to turned keys -
& slid back into

rosewood cabinets -
We will own
our every word

  . . .

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