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Word-Eating Monster Poem #4

August 17, 2011

Whoops! I had just the title up and no poem! I was using sketchy internet so I should’ve guessed something would happen.  Anyway, I don’t like this poem as much as the others, so any comments or suggestions are doubly appreciated.

The Word-Eating Monster Meets Someone and is Happy

Well, this hasn’t happened before.

For we are word-eating monsters:


slurp up vowels


lick the spines of consonants


suck the word’s marrow


de-riddle the world


unravel, unravel, unravel it whole

tell me your theories and I’ll tell you mine

eat them both and leave the exhausted behind

Characters plot setting story

quick we’ll snatch all the author’s glory

swallow swallow gullet swallow

latent psychic abilities and fishing trips and fountains to capture water light glass,

dolphins to swim in our oceans birds in our yellow trees my hair isn’t black don’t say that grasses to hide our chicken eggs and beaches for our bees.

talk and talk and talk and make up time for more talking

Together the ideas are not limited by expression: they flow flow flow on on on

at peace


because we’ve never met another monster before

it doesn’t hurt it doesn’t hurt it doesn’t hurt as much

You’re just my kind of insane

It all unravels, unravels, unravels

(Until the thread of summer spools out)


From → Poetry

One Comment
  1. Invisible Ninja Cat permalink

    Shiny shiny. The only line that doesn’t work for me is “eat them both and leave the exhausted behind”, because the rhythm is off somehow. Maybe “devour them both, leave the exhausted behind”? There’s too many one-syllable words in the beginning bit – the stress is off. Also, the line “you’re just my kind of insane” is weirdly adorable.

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