The Devil Understands Linguistics


Master of the sentence.
Inventing language for raindrops
Filtered through nylon
Abbreviated by mesh-
Forming crisscross patterns
On broken windowsills.

I’ve consumed syntax.
Morphed latex
Into a boundary. Presuming
What we touch
What we carry.

I won’t be as translucent as a prophylactic.
I’ll be as translucent
As a pronoun.

He or she
As if they were an it.

For the love in talking is nil
Supported by the same inquisitive voices
That instructed Dostoevsky
To be executed by adjectives.

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