As so-called quarks, so atoms before and through
And after molecules, which too
Constitute us awhile, pluming
Through our slowly changing shapes
Through a duneless sandglass, say
(I said, once) — all these
So utterly forgetful, wiped clean
As numbers with each new use, lint-free.
How not so words, which pass our minds
And mouths and ears from hind-
Most elsewhere, on their way to elsewhere — why
Words are the sum of their histories: rose
And roke and no and blanketing snow.
So much less LEGO-like, click-
Click together than like slick
Colonial hydrozoans tossed
Together in the copper pots
Of predication — all cross-
Shock and shimmery tangle —
Anyone calculate semantic
Sets so dervishly complex?
How can we not expect not less but hellish
Much more than to mean what we say? Then guess:
How can we better but
Hope to become in sum what
We say when we say again love?
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