Words as Fish

Words as Fish

Each fish in a basket
Squirming with life
No longer free
In this ocean of strife

Memorized words
Fill students heads
Poet’s pens sink
in rivers of dread

Dead fish in the shark
Dead words on this page
Their fatal rhythms
Fill me with rage

Fish seek the sea
But there’s no freedom there
Only the schools
 Where nobody cares

The truth of our words
are lost in denial
Just like a lawyer
When he’s put on trial

The words that I hear
are written in tears
So open your heart
 Let go of your fears

Yamabuki
Jan 2010
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