Philology II

Claw.

Hard sharp startling dirty primal
Not as funny as klaw;
Serious, to be staring at the business end of a claw:
all kinds of cats:
Tigers, tygers, lions, ocelots,
pussycats in the early morning;
all kinds of desperation:
movie murderers from hell,
spelunkers, miners,
earthquake victims,
rape victims,
pioneers, rivals, catfighters,
cadavers, ghouls, nightmares . . .

— repugnant.

Useful.

Cacophony, stridance, grotesquery

Evil, beauty.

Get your mouth around it:
Savour it; festoon it with spittle;
Use it in a song, in a poem,
Feel the angst it carries
Like a hacked, bloodstained sword
Dragged from battle to battle
From gladiation back to vagina;
Proud basis for heraldry.

Speak to me of claws;
drag them over the chalkboard.
Sing to me of claws
guttural, direct;

Warrior, rapist, gladiator, victim, minstral
fall back on it,
celebrate,
repudiate,
eviscerate,
— claw!

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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