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semantics for unromantics

Gnome3by Annette Lee09 Jul 2013

merely merely merely:

a kind word a simply word,

merely: soft chimes at dusk

perhaps a harsh word,

a grating word

with a rough edge

that saws against

tender flesh heartlessly.

two syllables that

pierce or soothe:


the muted sounds of

shepherd and flock going home

in the evening

distant laughing voices, little bells

like the vague and loving whispers

of mother to child


a reprimand a slight


a word