RIC S. BASTASA


What You Can Always Misspell - Poem by RIC S. BASTASA

you misspell the obvious sometimes
precisely
because they are too easy
because many always believe them to be
notions
prejudices
like the fact that leaves are supposed to be green
or that sickness be pale
or that life always has an ending
sometimes we make right on those difficult times
we escape
jump over fences
and breathe inside vacuum containers
and you say
this must be a joke
this cannot be true

but how come you spell what used to be hidden
correctly?
you spell hardship correctly
and since joy is too easy
you do not even bother pronouncing the word

you exclaim
baloney
but you are sometimes correct in that way

life is sometimes a play of words
a game in uttering syllables
of course
very much different than the suicide
that most of them
chose.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 5, 2010



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