Today's poem is by Simone Muench & Dean Rader

The beautiful American word, Sure

The beautiful American word, Sure,
as ubiquitous as barbeques and aneurisms.
Ensure; assure; cocksure; "fo' sho."
It drifts through diners, coffee shops, a spawned
salmon swimming against itself. The spun
waters oflanguage and acquiescence
are at once both conveyance and hindrance,
both hesitation and confirmation,

where we are subtracted into shadow
and added back as echo and avowal,
where the sound sits on our tongue in a drawl
of doubt. Ring tone of prevarication,
you are my you betcha, my no problemo
my lexical promise of obligation.

Copyright © 2017 Simone Muench & Dean Rader All rights reserved
from Suture
Black Lawrence Press
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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