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