Word Chemistry




Compare two words

that seem alike…

examine for

linguistic psych!


No resistance

except for T.

As three Ns wave



Small renaissance,

enormous plea

reveals new truth

as chemistry.


In alphabet

find solution

and reverence for



NOTE: This poem is in honor of the words RENAISSANCE and RESISTANCE. Look at how they live in the same letter neighborhood yet mean two completely different things. The T represents one line going up against another line, a barrier. And the three Ns represent lines on a chart that measures things/feelings/ideas that go up and down and expand along a line, like waves of water upon a sandy shore. The word “renaissance” means “to be reborn” and comes from the Italian; the word “resistance” means “to hold back” and comes from Middle English. Both words contain an i, so you, the I, is contained within both words–like an exquisite holographic flower in a garden of imagined reality. There are no Us to be found here–these words are for the individual I to perceive alone, without another witness. But, notice that the letter T stands alone in the appropriate word. If you play these words small, renaissance, resistance, as lower case letters, the t allows one to rise above the bar. So simple! Enter a renaissance of being when you release the resistance of the upper case letters and let the small letters play in the park, like children! (I took this photo a little while ago when I realized that I had a test tube, some letter beads and the plastic statue which my friend Mike Tapscott found in a parking garage near the University of Arizona when we attended the Tucson Festival of Books in March. Thank you to the child who must have left behind this Happy Meal toy! Let me know if you want it back.)


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