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  • Gary Hunter

The Poverty of Words - Feb. 22, 2023

are there enough letters to pack

into the memory of a moment

and bring it to life?

are they rich enough to convey

one warm-blooded emotion

the swoon of pleasure

any kind of pain?

can they capture

a faraway feeling

we’ve yet to stand

in front of?

I think they only get us close

and the best we can do

is use language like a car

you in your Mercedes

and me my Honda

drive and deliver our readers

to the topic’s parking lot

and point them towards

what wasn’t said

for if the destination

is to be reached

they’ll need to walk

some distance in silence

without the crutches

of words

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