Manifesto

First principle must be
that words matter more to you than
anything: ideas are in words

and all you need to release them
is a key that opens a chest full of
right words in which to trap physicality:

truth comes out of that
even if you must lie or fantasize a little
to strengthen a listener’s sensation:

based on what words you pluck
from your breath you recreate
this world as it truly is:

a paradox of course but
that is how it works
and always has:

ideas coated in words.
Truth coated in words.
Reality coated in words: it’s

mythic work — not lies,
enhanced sensing of how words
carry all, weight beyond meaning:

truth balanced on syllables
balanced on sensation and
under all, ideas. Bedrock.

About Tony Brown

A poet with a history in slam, lots of publications; my personal poetry and a little bit of daily life and opinions. Read the page called "About..." for the details. View all posts by Tony Brown

2 responses to “Manifesto

  • Eileen

    One thing that has helped me communicate with people who don’t “get” metaphors is describing the difference between truth and fact. The story about George Washington and the cherry tree teaches the truth that heroes tell the truth. George Washington may not have actually factually cut down a tree and admitted it. But the truth witnessed to by the story is that our hero George valued truth and was an honest man.

  • Eileen

    From studying Jung, working for over twenty years with the Myers/Briggs Type Indicator, and being married for sixty years to someone very different in every way from me, I have recognized that many people are visual and concrete thinkers. Theories and Possibilities are beyond their understanding of reality. They relate to the physical world in practical and pragmatic ways. I did discover that some begin to develop their other side late in life, but sadly often very late. As usual, your writing resonates with me. As I read, I’m saying to myself, “Yes! Yes! Yes!”

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