A Request for

Better words. Words that
Communicate and comfort
Delight and describe,
Enchant and energize. Make me
Feel things, make me
Gasp in recognition.
Hold my hand when
I’m frightened. Words that don’t
Judge, that
Keep me company, that
Let me know I’m not alone, that
Move and breathe and dance.
New words.
Old words.
Past-their-prime words.
Quiet words.
Raucous words.
Sturdy and stubborn words. Words that cause
Trouble, are
Very fast words.
Whimsical and wound-up words.
X marks the spot words. And words that
Yell, “Pay attention! Ponder me! I will un-
Zip you
& expose your truths!”