The Known Spellings of Words

excuse me doctor Angelita is here
to ask you on the edge of sleep

insistent questions about a pain
too great to be just the land

but must be the storm as well
like you were asleep and dreaming

and didn’t wake in time to get to the hospital
but instead you dream that it killed you

a poem that its prediction is words
the ones that also said you were  destined

to be among the known spellings of words
and today the doctor called with a wordless thing

he called and called—even during lunch
it’s about turbulence, he said,  not endurance

not a new child, not Angelita to talk
to you on the edge of sleep

on the edge of sleep where the voices talk
and speak not of sleep, but of voices

a mind winding down, you need to see them
or be aware of the great context

he said, and not in the sight of
the known, not anything known

Published by extrasimile

define: extra: excess, more than is needed, required or desired; something additional of the same kind. define: simile: a simile is a type of figurative language, language that does not mean exactly what it says, that makes a comparison between two otherwise unalike objects or ideas by connecting them with the words “like” or “as.” The reader can see a similar connection with the verbs resemble, compare and liken. Similes allow an author to emphasize a certain characteristic of an object by comparing that object to an unrelated object that is an example of that characteristic. define: extra: an minor actor in a crowd scene

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