top thousand most common words and phrases

cans ©papa osmubal

cans ©papa osmubal


top thousand most common words and phrases

adam aitken

How much does it cost?
or
I’d like to give this to you

It took no time at all to learn what I needed
and years to realise what I’d learned
was what I didn’t need.

What’s more important:
the classifier of clouds
or the clouds, the scrap collector
or the scrap?

Like your poem, Jane, about words
a list of no use to anyone doing business:

delicate, wrist, telescope
relic, telepathy

reliable and narcotic I’d keep.

So too reap, harvest and yield
for any agricultural economy.

As there is
for long things, round things,
flat things, and even
things made out of glass

as yet no classifier
for things
no-one wants,
or
for the collector:

the bottles a boy sorts
more valuable than the boy.

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