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Posted by: Emily's test Blog | 3rd Apr, 2008

Dysfunctional Verse

When fingertips graze
the fluorescent spaces
in between dark
smears of language,
the rustling, obstinate
pages try to echo
what you hear

when the limits
of night are exposed
by the humming bulb
of a mosquito lamp
above the porch.

You’re out there
to listen to something
besides the late show
or the news, so you notice

how wings get caught
by the light, sputter,
and melt into
a restless melody.

The singed wings
tell you blocks of words,
framed in white,
only murmur

about the sublime music
whose notes become dissonant
when the poet translates them
into iambs and trochees.