A Dying Art

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 23:55 -- livodon

‘Build a sculpture of what you love'

read the Helvetica font on the frontside 

of the rubric. 


Silly school project I mused,

but hastily I pulled and grasped at

a pile of newspapers 

hidden in the shadows of a closet

like an unwanted, obsolete artifact.


Strip by strip I yanked and pulled

without mercy. 

Clawing at the edges,

globs of wet glue blurring the words.

My greedy limbs grew feverish

slapping the long-forgotten pieces



The ink dyed my fingers as I 

silenced the voices. 

I hung over the mess,

steeped in glue and the blood

of the printed.


I wonder now in what world

I have made into my home

where journalism

is better cast off into the corners

of some closet, 

more suited as an art project,

than in the mouths of learners. 


For I was playing God,

creating martyrs in the wake 

of my stomping feet. 

Instead of ripping words by their roots

shoving them into the bottom 

of a withered wicker-basket, 

I choose to plant them,

to nurture the letters 

to surplus once again.

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000}
p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 14.0px}
span.s1 {font-kerning: none}

This poem is about: 
My country
Our world


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