Thou cloistered beast – language signified
Signifier unravished, floating free
Prosy poetic bee – buzzing,
rhythm resonance and disproportion.
From flower to hive
a wordy dance of paraphrase caution.
Commit this heresy – and violate my form
take me to pieces, as is the linguistic norm.
Cast me into the crucible from which
language was drawn – a shower?
Intertextual plagiarised truth,
something will come as I listen to
the pitter-patter of rain on my roof.
For I-amb pentameter five feet long
Thundering? – Sitting in this verse
singing my song.
Spondee and trochee, free my mind
Lightning? – Together we will unshackle
the chains that bind the sign
and set free the poetic essence,
a rather sagacious shrew.
Paul Williams 2000