• The Way and Why of Words

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    Words are anarchists,
    And rabble-rousers,
    A rowdy mob armed
    With molotov cocktails
    Of incendiary meaning,

    Brandishing huge absurd
    Protest placards and
    Screaming slogans of
    Raw, bleeding feelings.
    Words are stubborn

    And pig-headed, leaving
    No room for negotiation
    Unlike suave, sly politicians.
    Words have a way with
    Words and express their

    Free will and native wit
    With brutal frankness.
    Words decide on how they
    Should mean and be without
    Regard for the true intent

    Of the speaker or writer.
    Words have their own
    Peculiar code of conduct
    And often behave in a
    Manner most offensive

    To genteel, polite society.
    Words are uncouth and
    Habitually gossip behind
    Other people’s back, are
    Restless shapeshifters

    That change their context
    And meaning without
    Notice, causing sudden
    Shock or bewilderment.
    Words love to wear such

    Multiple, subtle disguises
    And camouflage themselves
    Till they can’t be seen by
    The naked eye and become
    Totally invisible. Words are

    Prone to breaking their
    Sworn promises and play
    Mere lip service to deeds.
    Words have sharp, forked
    Tongues that make and

    Later break their graven
    Rules of grammatology,
    Their holy idiom and syntax.
    Words, like snobbish cats,
    Have no master and shift

    Their feline moods at any
    Given meowing moment.
    O beware of words! they
    Will compromise you like
    Some ruthless birds of prey

    Once you open your mouth
    Like a creaking rusty cage.
    O beware of words! they
    Are all Judases who betray,
    Stab you in the back while

    Patting your domed head akin
    To a loving, loyal canine pet.
    O beware of words! they
    Come in all shapes and shades
    Of character from patently

    Crude and badly educated to
    Condescendingly highfaluting.
    As a word of advice, use
    Words sparingly because
    They are mercenary and

    Will sell your ambiguous
    Soul to the highest bidder.
    Or for best results, keep
    Your cobwebbed mouth
    Shut tight only because

    Silence is wisdom since
    It cannot be plagiarized,
    Altered, or madly taken out
    Of its original fabricated
    Context and unmeaning.

     

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