Thous by the Thousands
Loving was gobbling—gobble up the baby
with his cheeks; gobble up the woman, with her eyes;
gobble up the novel, with its world; scoop
lovers up and coop them in...
Lips dabble with a gullet’s-worth of trouble,
sequences of consonant and liquefact, wherewith
a gob alone (one gob) could grow
to be a gobble's worth, and one small rub
a rubbled history, the hag a whole damned
marketplace and one
scribe’s nib... well, after all,
you get the point. Get out the bib. It's all
a honking gag, a loving cup...
The baby, Bob, an ornament.
The words got longer
just to shrink the thing: beloveds doubled over
The sadness vowed away
into a saddle.
What moves the page to find
the phases—waives the waver’s
the letter’s appetite. It's
spirit, after all, inside
whose beaming of abode
no philes are phages...