Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Word Charmer
By Don Iannone

Cobra-like words
dancing on empty unlined pages,
Following their creator's hand
side to side and up and down,
Merging briefly with the hand
that feeds them,
Tempted at times to bite it,
then quickly dancing away,
At times, mouthing the words
with slippery pointed tongue
and thick red lips--so large
even the dictionary could hide behind them,
Releasing them finally like soft bubbles
drifting in thin air,
Charming hard women into ladies
and calloused men into well-mannered young boys,
Words snaking their way inside you,
making you squirm and shudder
as they fill your heart,
As they bring back the dead part of you,
buried long ago but never forgotten,
Beware the word charmer--
he becomes you and you become him.


dumbdodi said...

Marvellous, Exceptional, Fantabulous, Genius piece of work.
My favourite so far.I am glad I am first oen to post a comment. You are a word charmer.

Dan said...


Don Iannone said...

Thanks are 1st! is right. Beware of the word charmer.

samuru999 said...

Loved it!

Don Iannone said...

Margie...all of us are word charmers...Thanks. Glad you liked it.

Mike said...

I was going to say, "Great Job!" But then I realized that you may have just word-charmed me. :) Seriously though, very nice poem Don. Just the idea itself is quite creative. You did a nice job weaving the connections between words and snake charming.

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Mike...glad you enjoyed it. Some times you get lucky. Right?

polona said...

you word charmer you :)

Don Iannone said...

Polona...thank you. We are ALL word charmers...all bloggers and poets. LOL.

Kathleen said...

Really wonderful Don! wow... what rhythm and charm... (and those big red lips... made me laugh)... this truly lifted me up into the air... and into the mesmorizing words..! :)

Don Iannone said...

Kathleen...thanks. Reality is at times laughable. Don't you think?

Imemine said...

This charms me. And inspires me!

Don Iannone said...

Good Imemine. We are all word charmers. Thank you.

Pat Paulk said...

Words charmed into a wonderful poem!!

Don Iannone said...

Thanks word charmer!

Borut said...

I am. I am enchanted. You are the word charmer. Am I the word charmer? ..:)

Don Iannone said...

Borut...we are all word charmers. All who write and all who speak. Even those in silence charm us.

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