Meritorious

 

meritorious

 

words jostle into place

one behind the other

meanings swapped in the kerfuffle

no wonder I’m not Arthur or Martha

 

so hard to distinguish the deserving

when the letters do-si-do around the page

in various fonts undecoded

or should that be italics?

 

oh!  if I only knew to be so bold

had the guts to strike out and underline the differences

before they sneak back into spaces

and take my thoughts away

 

for good

 

 

Copyright September 2016