Arthritic Wires Cut My Tongue

This grave morning

Wires cut the bottom

Of my mouth, tongue

Rasping into silence

Another look at unreality

Suppose you cut my

Mouth with scissors, razor

Bones, jagged with points

Broken into soft flest

Cannot lift tongue with muscle

Torn into little pieces, no

This is real, you cannot

Feel, yes I can in double

Heat, fastening wires

Into knives that cut me

Accros arthritic jaw, you

Cannot see dark crevices

Mouth wide, there is nothing

Short of sin, divides my mind

Short of loose skin, torn pieces

Into nothing then as I hold still

Return of razor edge, blanket

Of knives, sting of bees into flesh

You cannot feel, I can, daily

Sometimes whole neck

Week after week after weak

In flames, arthritis standing

I can feel spinal cord

Compression, demanding

More, and more, more, and more.




Published by elgwynone

I was a University and community college instructor before retiring. I also worked in fast food restaurants, and retail stores. I am an ordinary man writing for because I want to write and because my education prepared me to write; BA English lit, MA English, EdS higher education, and MFA creative writing, free verse poetry and essays. Blogs are an answer to high-priced self-publishing. Walt Whitman had to self-publish his first 1000 copies of the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass because in 1855 poetry did not sell. Most poets make a living in other ways than writing. Wallace Stevens was an insurance executive, and TS Eliot was a banker. Many writers teach, and always there have been writers who have written because they needed to express their thoughts and feelings. They wrote not necessarily to make money but to express "the old universal truths of the human heart" according to Faulkner. Here I reach a wider audience I missed than by self-publishing, and I stand a better chance to reach a wider audience for less expense than self-publishing. I self-published my first books, Winter from Spring, and Meditations on Gratitude; poetry and photo books which were easier to self-publish than to seek a not to seek a publisher company. This blog allows me to write for an interested audience because I write poetry and personal essays. I write for a friendly audience and present to you a slice of my writing. Perhaps you will enjoy what you read.

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