My Need to Tell
“My language is the universal whore whom I have to make into a virgin”
My need to tell translates my thoughts
To words which have been tarnished
By the constant touch of common tongues.
Leaving language tainted by the
Coarseness of Plebeian lips.
Words are my tools in need of transformation,
My task to buff them so they shine like new.
Bringing to my work, a truth
Beyond the blemishes of time.
© James Rainsford 2013
Note to readers: posted to Open Link Night at dVerse Poets. The quote by Karl Kraus describes the poet's task to perfection and I've long thought of writing something to expand its relevance. Finally, I've done it. I leave it to others to judge whether I've succeeded. Kind regards to all at dVerse poets. I'll respond to all who visit here and leave a comment. James.