Etymology

Taxonomy was Adam's task.

To name the unnamed is the poet's cause.


But an ordered conglomeration,

a measured ornamentation of signs and letters

only approximates:

This sort of color. That sort of sound.


From Myanmar to donnybrook.

Each word is hyperlinked: historical;

mouth-full of severed tongues and wars…


War itself is a very old word,

and world even older.


And as for woman, and what came before?

They'd utter,

wuh wuh wuh


The sound of wanting more.



Georgia O'Keeffe — Neck  by Alfred Stieglitz (1921)

Georgia O'Keeffe — Neck by Alfred Stieglitz (1921)