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when words make love sentences are born
the world’s heft is changed by the weight of nouns;
hesitations of hyphens and commas 
like the space between breaths 
tell the rhythm of what’s new and what’s been;
dead stops of periods spell the end of what a breath holds;
adjectives, like the blood blush of infants,
color clauses; articles wrap things in skin;
pronouns, unlike the particular names of beings,
sometimes identify the generalities of their forms by inclusion,
by saying, “We,” suggesting that mine and thine are one;
and verbs are the darting eyes of life:
the spastic gestures of infants, the random smiles
that pass in their faces, suddenly uncalled for,
and of course the cautious steps of the old
reaching for footholds 
that once came naturally,
without thought, too soon
 after the preface amid
foreshadows
of epilogues
.
Jim Culleny
12/1/16

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