Today's poem is by Orlando White
Break a sentence; use letters for teeth.
In a word missing a letter, place a tooth.
Flick a period off the page with a fingernail.
Press on the black dot; smear into a comma.
Separate a skeleton into verbs and subjects.
Until ink comes out, pinch a letter.
Use letters shaped like bones; connect a word.
In the sockets of a skull, put commas.
Push a verb to push a noun off the page.
Until it softens, rub bone against paper.
Boil the skeleton of a sentence into ink.
Suck the marrow out of a letter.
Grind up a piece of bone; make calcium ink.
For paper, soak skin in bleach.
Erase a letter until it looks like a tooth.
Amputate one letter to fix another.
Pull a punctuation mark from a sentence.
At end of sentence, remove the tiny black skull.
Crack a sentence; let the ink drain.
Dip a bone into ink; leave it to dry.
Take a bone and lay it before a verb.
Shake punctuation off the page.
Scrape the paper from a letter.
To erase a sentence, remove your tongue.
Bleach paper then put on face.
Use commas to connect bones.
Extract the ink from a sentence.
Rinse a letter in bleach; wring it out.
With the edges of paper, skin yourself;
bathe in bleach until flesh slides off;
get out and lie down like a sentence.
Copyright © 2009 Orlando White All rights reserved
from Bone Light
Red Hen Press
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission
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