The Dizzying Madness of Words

There’s a dizzying madness,

In words like hope.

Did you sing her a sweet lullaby?

Before you swung on the rope.

There’s a dizzying madness,

About words like faith,

Did you wipe away her tears?

During that long Winter wake?

There’s a dizzying madness,

About words that hide music,

Wrapped up in dulcet vowels, and shuddering run-on sentences,

There’s a dizzying madness about words.

I love the word ‘unfurl,’

It describes the dizzying madness of ‘human’ in just 6 letters.

There’s a dizzying madness,

About words that might mean ‘come out from pain.’

There’s a dizzying madness about words that mean ‘unwrap from that beating body where you’ve kissed and stamped pleasure…come play with the world again.’

There’s a dizzying madness about words, that make my mind unfurl;

like it’s been a hedgehog, beneath the snow, dizzy from sleep and the madness of humans, that drop rubbish where once flowers grew.

There’s a dizzying madness about words,

Like saying ‘power’ to the powerless, and expecting them to worship it.

They deride it.

Power is a weak, unfeathered thing, skeletal and malformed, if kindness is not there to soothe the madness, the dizzying madness, of words like power.

There’s a dizzying madness about words.

They penetrate biology and mark history, they organise geography, and allow science to speak in more than the tangles of spindle-symbols that it believes itself to be.

There’s a dizzying madness about words.

That make my fingers clench, and my jaw tighten as they run through my mind while my throat makes the motion, the dance of their would-be sounds.

Words, there’s a dizzying madness about how they change my physiology, dynamically, changing me, making my skin flutter and my lips and teeth shudder,

As I form, the dizzying madness of words.

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