Pronunciation

Pronunciation

Your name is hard to pronounce.
It gets stuck on my tongue like burst gum bubbles or slides to the back of my throat and catches like phlegm from a bad cold.
It sounds crooked and confused in my mouth even now.
And how the letters sound one way in my mind and the other way in the air…
I try to say it sweetly and remember when I whispered it into your ear, purring with pleasure.
I remember yelling it in the middle of the street one night when I forgot to meet you and your friends but I was the angry one.
And then I remember not saying it with any inflection, not saying anything, while teardrops meshed with raindrops and your arms held my small frame for the last time.
I wanted to believe that something so foreign could be familiar, that it could become mine.
But you were always too hard to pronounce.

Cathryn Dutton

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The Greyhound Collective Poetry Revival would like to consider “mission statement” in its simplest terms. Rather than reiterate the boundaries of our task, we simply express our aim: to become a mission – a party of individuals sent out into the world with a message meant to unveil a uniting principle of truth. We define this message as “poetry.” We promote poetry as a viable and vivid art form, alive and accessible. Freed from its ivory tower, our poetry will breathe life into an ailing form while fostering an artful relationship with the greater community. We assert ourselves under the following mantra: “your mouth is a sign of how sacred your life actually is.” As a collective, we write to be sanctified. View all posts by loyolapoets

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