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What greater doubt
than if

preceding only,
or hope cascading through the withheld
unspoken phrase?

Or the conditional, as it slows to place
an obstacle in its very own
path. If only I could

I would deny its existence,
but the conjunctive

bears blame as well,
though nothing’s put before

the preposition (which one
would certainly never end with).

* * *

“Epiphanies” first appeared here in April 2015.


21 thoughts on “Epiphanies

      • Okay, I initially thought that, perhaps, if I simply fashioned a conspiratorial-sounding quip in response to this enigmatic — I mean, epiphanous — disclosure, I could place myself convincingly among the ranks of the enlightened — but ultimately, I had my doubts; therefore, I’ve decided to ask for clarification on a couple of points:

        1. Is “doubt” in stanza 1 the antecedent of “its” in stanzas 3 and 4? If it isn’t, what is?

        2. Also, does that seemingly dangling participle ‘preceding’ truly not have even an implied subject (that is, other than the nothing which is not named until it is pointed out in stanza 5 that it is[n’t] ‘put before the preposition’ [by whom, exactly?] which I’m assuming to be “through,” since a nice, fat “obstacle” *is* put {presumably by the mysterious — not to mention exceedingly passive — subject in question} before “in”)?

        Come to think of it, even if you had definitive answers to these questions *and* you willingly imparted them to me, I still wouldn’t be any less confused.

        In any case, one thing (which I can only guess you don’t mind my saying) is clear: The best and worst of you are both in equal and copious measure diabolical… 😉

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  1. in Korean you can break all the rules that regiment English, the preposition can go where ever you like, as can most other post positional grammar forms. but your poem isn’t in Korean, interesting to think that if it was the laws it uses to make above statement wouldn’t be there in your head, because that law of language falls apart.

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