these words

there is such artifice to life
surrounding us, impounding
the precious creativity in us
so that our words begin to feel
foolishly empty, vapid and vain
expressions of mere fetid fallacy

then how is it that, in speaking
to you, I feel my words imbued
with such animate potency,
unencumbered by petty pretence
uninstructed by egregious ego
and its ever enervating charm

each day I rise thinking of you,
and the words that I hopeful offer
ascend happily from my heart,
being so much more than ambitious
constructs dripping from the mouth
of some mealy-minded courtier

rather, my love, are they
the breath of my soul
seeking ever wonderful you
most honestly to adore

Salt Lake City 16 June 2022

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