Pay Attention

Words roll and tumble through the air

Big words, little words

Words that glow and vibrate

And words that are content to sit there

Filling in the spaces

Some words are flashy and bright

Like ostentatious.

Rolling on the tongue

Tumbling in the mouth

Reverberating in the chest

Until they come out

And everyone stares

They like being looked at

Other words don’t

Words like and, be, and maybe

It’s funny, because those words hold the most possibility

Maybe is mysterious

And fun

But challenging too

We either hate it or love it, but everyone uses it

The other words: and and be

Are necessary.

We can’t communicate without them

Big, flashy words are fun

But not necessary like the little ones

Some words flash their importance and stare you in the eye

Forcing you to take notice

Begging you to remember

Fun words like



Or even


But the other words,

The ones that sit back and let the flashy ones get the attention

The ones that fill in all the spaces

The ones that are cement for our language,

Essential for communication,

We ignore

We know them, but we don’t talk about them

We use them constantly, but we don’t acclaim them


Because little things slip through the cracks,

Gradually filling them up

Creating a solid base

But the base gets concealed by the building,

The bigger words,

And the little ones get lost in the confusion





This poem is about: 
My country


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