The Grammar of Revolution

Grammar is like personality: a question of self-confidence.  Sometimes it is a prescription of an unreachable “should” until I realise, with a smile, that those who  prescribe need prescription to give them meaning.  So in life:  we are prescribed to by those who lack the confidence not to prescribe.  A dictatorship of the fear of freedom.  A society founded upon the inability to express without lines to write on.

A thought, fully developed, will take us back to the start, and then on to silence.  The limit of language’s ability to express itself and the perfect statement.  And so it is that poets and revolutionaries spend their lives, not trying to fill the silence, but to explain it and, in explaining, banish sound.  The ultimate aim of language is to render itself obsolete and real silence is not a lack of sound but a black hole which has sucked in all possible combinations of sound.

Then a faint hum will echo around the empty universe and it will all begin again.

If only that damned bird would stop singing.

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3 Responses to “The Grammar of Revolution”

  1. ” And so it is that poets and revolutionaries spend their lives, not trying to fill the silence, but to explain it and, in explaining, banish sound.” Given that I wrote a poem trying to explain the magic of silence tonight, this made me smile.

  2. I’m a grammar freak so I enjoyed this a lot. Lots of truth in this. I love the lightness of that last line.

  3. grammar is for those that think pretty
    makes for a good poem
    i usually dont like them much

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