When your eyes chase your brain waves and you read too fast,
The words “preserve” and “persevere” are a visual mash up–
wanting to be each other by sharing letters,
but when syntax is clueless and there are no ears
to demand a recital, take my word for it:
They’re practically bosom buddies.

Anything that must be preserved
(whether material, esoteric, or otherwise ephmeral),
must have an agent of perseverance
(whether material, intristic, or otherwise engineered).

Don’t worry if your tongue twists and trips, calling one by the other’s name.
They are raft-mates–preserving life, persevereing till death
does its part.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a poem. What do you think? Do you confuse these words sometimes too?


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