letters on the floor

the letters
the letters slid off the page
piroetting and pinwheeling
floating to the parquet

glancing off my fingers
ricocheting off my knee
they end up in a pile beneath my feet
trampled and trashed and smeared

sweeping up the phrases
grabbing fist-fulls of adverbs and adjectives
trying to rebuild the fragments
re-form the stanzas
plug the gaps left by words that have
fluttered out of my imagination

praying the underlying prose,
tales of light and dark,
escape the carnage,
that my lyric continues to

glb /// “letters on the floor”
originally published 04/11/2018

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