Fighting Words

A poem by Jim Landwehr

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The words take many forms

the brevity of a poem

the punchline of a knock knock joke

the long-winded political bill

and the Sincerely Yours of a letter

And nothing mean they taken

when context out of or

jumbled together like word salad.

If u luk @ words on a phone

they might hive been changed

by autocoercion to mane

sometime unattended.

And sometimes your friends

will get there possessives wrong

and loose there English credibility

while you’re sure their there

was meant to be their.

While some might hate English

with it’s dizzying grammatical rules

and all of its regional colloquialisms

I have grown to love it

like an old, somewhat annoying friend.


Jim Landwehr‘s poetry collection, WrittenLife, was released by eLectio Publishing in March of 2015. His first book, Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir was published by eLectio Publishing in 2014. He has non-fiction stories published in Main Street Rag, Sundown Press, Boundary Waters Journal, and others. His poetry has been featured in Verse Wisconsin, Torrid Literature Journal, Five 2 One Magazine, Off the Coast Poetry Journal, and many others. Jim lives and works in Waukesha, Wisconsin with his wife Donna, and their two children Sarah and Ben.

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