Poetry: Heath Brougher

Heath Brougher

Vocabulary Adjustment

The Greek word
for “Victory”
is Nike
but over
the years
the decades
the centuries
the millennia
it has
slowly become
the new
English word
for “Slavery.”

Evolution of the Word “Cartoon” 

Up until recently
the word
did not
carry with it
such a heavy overtone
of seriousness.

It was previously
a word
which evoked
a sense
of lightness,
of fluffiness,
of childishness,
of silliness,
of nonsense.

Well, I guess
it still conjures
an aura
of nonsense,
just in a much more
bloodstained context
than before.

A Long Way to Go 

You tested positive
in every category
for which you were supposed
to test negative. Your blood
and urine both agree with this.
There’s no two ways about it.

We must continue this search
especially now that we know
just how far away we are
from the Truth.

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