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A War of the Words
By Lonnie Hicks
Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Last edited: Monday, February 02, 2015
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Line Up The Words

 There is a war here;
a war among the Words
where Meaning itself
is often
wounded or murdered,

taken from the Dictionary Battlefield
and buried in Arcane Cemetery,

or kept alive
twisted to opposite intents
or degraded,
or marginalized
or worse
sanitized by the French.

There is a War going on
at all times-
the War of the Words.

Bad is bad one day
and Traitorized
becomes Good the next day;

where Word Soldiers
don't know
who is who
what things mean
or who is on what side.

Then the French-
always the French-
with cleansing sticks
to pummel Words
and Meaning
to Haut Regarde!

Quivering, especially the Nouns
and line up all the Foreign Words
march them to the border
ejecting them.

Webster's International
empanels the Word Police
who decide
what Words are Real
and which ones will be released
or serve time
in Archaic Jail.

So many Baby Words
seeking to get born
are exposed to the elements
they are vouched for by the
Select Ones
who can rescue them
by uttering:
'You child
once appeared
in the Mouth
of the Learned.'

Brigades and Battalions
march each day
each time,
each year,
such that
Language itself
can become Confounded
and Previous Speakers
cannot understand Current Ones.

Parents vowel and separate
from their own children
whose Words
are foreign ones
Parents have never heard.

No mercy in this war:
not with the latest Word
are consigned
to Oblivion
where all their utterances
over time
make no sense;
by those who have
Word Suits
and carry batons.
Left behind
the Discarded Ones;
 all march
to Shakespeare's Grave
to complain;

whose haunting
voice from below intones:
'Nothing Can Be Done
now leave me alone.'



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Reviewed by Christine Tsen 5/11/2011
I suppose that all this takes on a new dimension with sign languages. Perhaps words themselves have lost their meaning in this war! ? What is it with all these barriers!
Au revoir :)

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