Words, Birds, etc.

by Drora Matlofsky

I could write a poem about words,
Making them rhyme with birds

(Ou un poème où mots
Rime avec oiseaux).

But hasn't all this been done
Again and again and again?
I wish my words
(Rhyming with birds)
To say something new
(Rhyming with view,
or Jew).

Word is the name of a computer program.
You can type whatever you like,
The words correct themselves
Even when you don't want them to.

Word puts the world
Beneath my fingertips.

So I sit at my computer
(Rhyming with cuter
or suiter),

Enter Word
(Rhyming with Bird)
And stare at the empty screen
(Rhyming with lean,
or queen).

Word cannot write my poem.
Thank God for that,
I suppose.

Drora Matlofsky has been living in Jerusalem since 1984. Her poetry in English has appeared in various poetry and Jewish magazines and her poetry in French can be found on the Poésie Française site.

Last updated November 08, 2017