WORD – a ten part poem in eleven parts

I wish that the letter

were big enough

to encompass

all of my thoughts

Yet

in what it is

as a

limited

single form

unit

of direct information

encompassing so much

in so little

the visual equivalent

of DNA

only

a

or a

b

or a b

or abc

or abcdefg

or abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxy

and z

merely 26 shapes

or is there more there

?

for in the symbols that preceded them

the pictures

that were drawn on wall caves

and on parchment

before our accepted letters were accepted

before they were first written

before they were imagined

and before that

when the images existed

as life around us

all that was

all

all that what

which we encapsulated

in the image

which we sketched

as the letter

and what we created

as what we create

with our acceptance

as the word

logos

truth

Word

Logos

Truth

abcdefghijklmnopqrustuvwxy

and z

our 26 letters

the building blocks

for our interpretation

of the world

and before those

Alpha to Omega

the beginning and the end

of a lost civilization

of an old world

but here

in this world

in this new earth

where we serve as cocreators

with our God

and gods

and thoughts

and actions

and words

and letters

we write

we write the world

we use the symbols of

thought

interpretation

manifestation

of meaning

the

purpose of interpretation

the necessity

of communication

of connection

of agreement

of growth

with these few

most beautiful

symbols

we write

the world

letters

poems

stories

essays

stories

speeches

stories

Stories

we acted them out

we told them

with our bodies

we re created what we saw

moving our bodies

in action

and in dance

in emotion

and passion

in gleeful splendor

we have played

we have played these roles

we have told these stories

we have created new realities

in our actions

even before letters

before words

after thought

after emotion

because

we could

because it was fun

because it was engaging

because it brought us together

what stories do we still tell

?

what actions do we take

what roles do we play

what stories do we tell

what realities do we create

in our actions

with our letters

through our words

after thought

after emotion

because

we can

because it is fun

because it is engaging

because it brings us together

be it

religion

be it entertainment

be it compassion

be it anger

be it sorrow

be it joy

be it peace

be it love

be

after a

b

bea

be beautiful

engage us

bring us together

be it

be it religion

be it entertainment

be it compassion

be it anger

be it sorrow

be it joy be it peace be it

love

 

Love

what we do

what we feel

what we speak

what we write

how we act

how we feel

how we speak

how we write

why we do

why we feel

why we speak

why we write

why we act

we act

out words

built from letter

built by feeling

built by speaking

built by writing

built by acting

out

what was in

what thoughts were

what words became

1

that which unified us

we were all

one

with the word

with the words

with the letters

we agreed

we were one

in our thoughts

in our actions

in our symbols

we added 2

345678

and 9

to our 26

letters

35

3+5

8

plus 1

9

of our 26

of our 35

i

I

ink

and soul

ink

of soul

inken

soul

ink

for soul

inkensoul

I

will

put together

these letters

these sacred 26

and these new 9

to do

to speak

to write

to act

to create

to write my world

as it is

and how it will be

I

Gee

what else can I do

Where are the other nine

what can they do

what can they create

what can they write

of how it is

and how it will be

let’s

see

let’s play

let’s write

let’s create

the world

how it can be

so that

we can play

we can write

we can create

the world

we

 

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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