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Less Than Dust MAG
I would scream down ninety mountains to less than dust.
I would for you.
You who I do not entirely know
Nearly as well as anyone would ever guess,
I would scream down ninety mountains and several large foothills
If I thought it would change a damn thing.
I would write down every word I ever thought to learn.
For SATs or ACTs or GREs or ABCs or
Impressing those above and below me waiting to be impressed.
[So I thought.]
I would write down every word I knew twice,
If I thought that they would mean any more to you than my silence.
I would sing every song and dance every dance
And throw every projectile
And project my voice and project my name and project my thoughts and ideas onto a screen as empty as
There is nothing for me to swear on,
Nothing left to accept as holy.
But you can take my word as it is.
Because they are all I have
And even they are not truly my own.
And most likely never will be
[I will never manipulate anyone
The way you manipulate your words.]
I would scream down ninety mountains
But that would accomplish
And half a pot of coffee.
Not at a time like this.
I have attended many years of public education
Which taught me that screaming down anything
Rarely amounts to much.
I would happily defy these people with my wagons of teenage angst and my cannonballs of insecurities and flawless reasoning.
I would write you poetry day and night
And afternoons and dawn and other times the earth dissolves in
Shadows of incalculable measure
I would write you new mountains
Of sorrow and love and loss and gratitude and anger and
But I know
Oh our forsaken God knows
That every word that pours from me
Through the veil, disappointed
Would only be erased later
Or worse yet
By your synapses.
And what’s more
That leaves me with absolutely nothing.
And you with nothing but my poorly organized phrases
And we will both
Limp along the concrete concourse
Trudging toward the moth-eaten curtains
Of time we wasted
Screaming wordlessly at mountains.
I would still scream them down
To dust and ashes and sand and fish and atoms