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Carolyn Chilton Casas


Words give the tongue wings.
Consider spangled, calabash, chiseled—
their mystical conduits,
like puzzle pieces,
snapping into place.
Say enigma, Osage, interwoven,
cobalt, Camelot, talisman—
they take you to an imaginative
place far from the small
space you inhabit.
Think nouns—portal, lullaby,
rhapsody, Pismo; adjectives—
secret, crisp, lucid, speckled;
verbs—preen and praise.
Words can save you;
they are rafts
on a roiling sea.
Putting them together is a marvel.
Taste the word pozole—
how it makes your mouth water,
bursts of tones like shooting stars.

© by Carolyn Chilton Casas.
Used with the author's permission.


Carolyn Chilton Casas lives on the central coast of California. A Reiki Master and teacher, she often explores ways of healing in her writing. Carolyn's stories and poems have appeared in numerous publications and she is the author of one poetry collection, Our Shared Breath. A new collection, Under the Same Sky, is forthcoming. Carolyn enjoys hiking and beach volleyball; learn more about her on Instagram at mindfulpoet_ .


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Lori Levy:
Great choice of words.
Posted 10/16/2021 06:25 PM
JaneBeverley :
Just wanted to take a moment to tell you how much I enjoyed, Our Shared Breath. Looking forward to the next one.
Posted 10/16/2021 12:33 PM
My dictionary is always within reach.
Posted 10/16/2021 10:15 AM
Shoshauna Shy:
Lovely poem! I taught myself to read before kindergarten for this very reason you so brilliantly described, Carolyn!
Posted 10/16/2021 09:21 AM
Wonderful poem - there are many such on your site, but to me, this is one of the best.
Posted 10/16/2021 09:17 AM
Darrell Arnold:
concupiscent, somnambulant, perspicacious, effusive, deleterious, embouchure, enfilade, parsimonious.
Posted 10/16/2021 09:10 AM
Lovely mix of sounds and meanings :)
Posted 10/16/2021 06:01 AM

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