The Tumblar Poet

Just another writer.

Apr 5

4/30

Yesterday I found a word
that rhymed with orange. But
I’m not going to tell you the
word that rhymes with orange.

You’ll have to guess and count
on all ten fingers, toes too, the word that
rhymes with orange. All I know is

that it is an ancient word. Ancient beyond
Mayans and civilizations before those Mayans. It may
have been my teacher or my neighbor or a movie
that told me that we have forgotten
others words too. We have forgotten the words
that rhyme with the words that we have forgotten.

Or we may have just forgotten
their true meaning— beyond any knowingness. Perhaps
we forgot about the people too. The people who made up those words.
The person who made up the word that rhymes with orange.
Forgot the very details about how to

grow our own food. I didn’t know
where an orange even came from
until the eight grade. I didn’t find them in trees,
but in test tubes and centrifuges.

The word that rhymes with orange sounds heavy.
Squishy sometimes. With a slight leap in the middle.
It sounds slow.
And somehow sad.
But nobody can tell me why oranges come from test tubes.

Yesterday I found a word
that rhymes with orange. But
I’m not going to tell you the
word that rhymes with orange. Because
you’ll just forget.

-tp


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