1. Origin and etymology
In our less fluid world, we had
to repurpose meaning: many things
As with its multitude of arms, each
containing an undulating, independent
will: we wonder what words get up to
when we’re not reading them.
2. Second declension
Even our numbers are shifty
as we aught to know by now
the way our definitions change:
a singular being, becoming eight;
lost in translation from one
frame of reference to another,
like the angle of sunlight in water.
Which is why they know
We like to watch,
as we assume someone
is watching us, anticipating
our perceived mistakes
– we hypercorrect –
before it’s even made -
but the too true is false, also -
like reflections and mirages:
what shapes the water shows us
are equally irrational.
4. Split Infinitive
We’re learning to be less littoral;
to look for the deeper meaning
beneath each wave, scribbling
into our appointment colanders
the wholly unknown
Originally hailing from the backwaters of San Jose, CA, Donald Raymond now lives in the tiny, cow-haunted hamlet of Alturas, CA, where he works as an accountant, because his guidance counselors never warned him that sort of thing could happen. He spends his free time studying Egyptology, cooking, and arguing with his cat.
You can read more of his work at Angel City Review, Arsenic Lobster, and Eye to the Telescope.