Such phrasal powers when your words
converge upon a meaning's might,

provoking truths so powerful
they force or charm beyond belief:

to burst potential's dam and flood
the desert of another's soul

or with their million arrows' scourge
halt combatants without war

or raise the gates to liberate
those minds enslaved by knavery

or venture you across the seas
in metaphors of whales and wings

or soothe those wounds no medicine
or surgeries can hope to heal

or send a shiver, make one quiver,
giving what's not sold or seized

or bridge the canyon of a sense
or kindle passion in cold hearts.

Come seek your phrase, declare your spell,
and may your terms be chosen well.

Incanto © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: March 5, 2019