“Like, You Know”

The day before the end of the world
poets relinquished their words.
Similes had become extinct
when “like” lost its role as go-between
and became a speech impediment.
Metaphors turned in on themselves
in an endless repetition of comparison.
Language was reduced from words
to bits and bytes that informed
but failed to forge connections.
With no means for expressing
the ineffable poets knew
it was only a matter of time
before the earth fell into a void
created by the absence of figures of speech.

about the author
Susan Iwinski has won the Dayton Daily News writing contest, had a short story published in St. Anthony Messenger magazine, and has received lots of honorable mentions (but no cigar). She enjoys meeting with a poetry group at Oakwood library.