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Chicagoetry: The Word Listen


I am the word listen.
I hear the river
And I hear the expressway.
Neither is ever empty.

The river is never still,
The expressway never silent

("The river and the highway"
Has a pleasing rhythm

But "the highway" is pastoral.
The expressway, as I need it
To be here, is urbane).

Of course the river
Is also the expressway
Between the living
And the dead,

It is the thief of life.

Stoic as a tree,
I listen to the river.
Silent as a stone
I hear the expressway.

The river is grief
And the expressway, a thief.
Neither ever empty,
Silent or still.

The river is grief:
Organic, omnipresent, eternal.
The expressway is a thief:
Hand-hewn, intermittent, temporal.

I am the word "listen"
And I am the world.
The expressway roars
And the river whirls.

I am the whirled,
Glistening with tears.
I am a swirl
Of fever dreams and fears.

I am the word. Listen
To the music
Of the overwhelming world.
Listen to the teardrops glisten.

I am the world,


J.J. Tindall is the Beachwood's poet-in-residence. He welcomes your comments. Chicagoetry is an exclusive Beachwood collection-in-progress.


More Tindall:

* Chicagoetry: The Book

* Ready To Rock: The Music

* Kindled Tindall: The Novel


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