Word by Word

This is the way we write the world

word by word, letter by letter, thought by thought

facilitated through minds and heart

etched into the parchment of infinity with inken souls

bleeding the most achievable representation of truth

from a heart that has been lied to and broken

no longer able to love unconditionally

in its natural state

a wonder of pumping muscle flexing thoughts into emotions

vibrating in pulses

so slow and dense in its connection to itself

the thinness of blood and thickness of flesh

slowing the reverberation of consciousness to a near crawl

for the evolutionary tempering tool of fear

that keeps our minds in check so that our brains don’t explode

and damage our already cracked skulls

We are given these two hands, only one of which we can write with

so that we may use the gift of time to appreciate what we can create with so little

we are given two ears to hear both sides of the truth and discern the balance between

for that is the line that our pen rides

carving in the curves of consciousness

down the unbroken path of truth seekers

each and every word a lie in its inability to fully describe the experience of its subject

but an acceptance of the relegated evil that its shadow of untruth brings

through these rungs of illusion we climb the ladder of mystery

to find at every top a corner

in this Escheresque labyrinth of reality

searching for the designation of connection in distinction and separateness

Steve McAllister is the author of The Rucksack Letters and How to Survive an Estralarian Mind Meld. He posts regularly at InkenSoul.com, and sometimes posts at Anything Arts, Sarasota Music Scene, and Elephant Journal, and is currently the Director of Operational Development for the Common Wealth Time Bank in Sarasota, Florida. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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