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01.26.14 Posted in today's words by

Bill Webb’s most recent poem to appear here was Translucent (August 2013).

By Bill Webb

our words shatter, crystalline daggers
wounding where they fall
dispersed randomly across the sample

molecules are mostly space,
how can they be sharp?
words are nothing at all, but cut deeper still

I place each bare foot carefully
treading the path of peace
but chaos can rarely be predicted

Our experiment implodes
not surprised, not unexpected
for after all
we plan for maximum effect
mutual assured destruction


3 Responses to “Shards”

  1. janet says:

    Words can cause the deepest cuts and the most unbridgeable rifts. Well-said.


  2. Jeanette Gallagher says:

    What a magnificent poem! So much imagery and perfect words to describe the scene, I feel as if I were there in the midst of it!
    Thank you, Mr. Webb.

  3. Jeanette Gallagher says:

    I feel as if I were there in the midst of this wonderful poem! Thank you, Mr. Webb.

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