Spoken English

Did I say doldrums when I really meant
dungeons instead? I wish I could say I was
a graphic designer living in the Everglades
or a Phantom searching for a mate or that
you are now closing the window on another
cloister. But the English language is definitely
strange. Sheep graze in flocks but geese also
migrate that way while cattle come and go
in herds but wolves in packs thieves in bands
and minnows swim in schools like nearly all
the other fish except for sharks while barbarians
wreak havoc in hordes locusts in swarms and
tourists in droves or loads like coal or hay. Little
wonder we are bewildered and wear scarfs at
night and scarf down our unloved vegetables for
dinner while scoundrels come in bunches as do
grapes and oysters spend their days asleep in
beds barely silent according to the latest research
with a troubling proclivity for interrupted dreams.

JS Venit

JS Venit

JS Venit was born in New York and emigrated to Brussels in 1980 where he lives and works. His poems have been published in The Partisan Review, The American Poetry Review, and Literary Imagination.
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JS Venit was born in New York and emigrated to Brussels in 1980 where he lives and works. His poems have been published in The Partisan Review, The American Poetry Review, and Literary Imagination.