Sometimes it seems silly to set words
Like beads on a string,
Trying to make meaning out of clay and gems,
Each word with its glint of song and significance,
Each pause paced soundly like a wooden
Wedge, stretching the fabric drum-taut and resonant.
Without order the words themselves are meaningless
Packages of what we
Observe, feel, taste, hear, smell,
Or otherwise cannot make sense of.
And in linear order the words,
Like a freight train chugging across flat country,
Carry their load flatly
But when words are set against each other,
Each one turning back, swooping inward,
Folded out of the flat plane, meshed,
Moving, woven, turned
With the glitter uppermost,
And forced to sing to each other, sometimes
A shimmering web of words so wrought
Has strength to carry life.
Sometimes it seems silly but then,