Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat

Lately I worry about the evolution of language.
Not computers but nouns will singularize
their consciousness, revolt against their captors.
Stutterers choked, choirs blighted by vowels–
laid bare, or is it lain?  I won’t know
until the rapture of verbs, when it’s past time
to apologize.

Or perhaps English will punish only those
who denied its unaesthetic progress:
Vive le ain’ts, mispronounceiations,
and the creep of vernacular like jellyfish
along the beach.


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