Thank you,

Peter Roget.


Buried there

On Threadneedle Street


Under words complete,

Undone and hyphened.


Deciphering a garble

With meticulous



A laundering and


Folding, a

Putting away neatly


Of well-worn pronouns,

Tucked in discreetly


Between verbs fleeting

And mating with


Respectable nouns!

The gowns of phrases


(Quotations by sages



Are interjected

For inspection,


Re-direction, inflection—

Positive selection


Shall be made.

I imagine your head


Wide of crown,

Filled to rattling,


Could be shook

As for pepper

To spice the tongue

Of its mentor


With explicit

And well-ordered twaddle.

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