on the page

     where i am god


i breath life

into the bodies

of the words

as they appear


i give them form

against the


around them


and promise them space

without the invasion

of capitalization

or the oppression of punctuation


i ask them to gather

in ways that pay honor

to that which came before


and warn them against

the sins of plagiarism

and the vices of being cliché


and i threaten them

that they can be

ripped into letters

left to mean nothing.


Copyright © henry toromoreno, 2009. All rights reserved.


3 thoughts on “covenant”

  1. First – love the new banner/photo up top. I love how they’ve progressed over the months, showing history and family.

    Poetry about poetry I think is my favorite type of poetry, probably because I so identify with it. This poem is perfect with the writer-as-god theme woven throughout. I think to the Bible, to the Garden of Eden, where creation occurred, but creation with a warning similar to “they can be/ripped into letters/left to mean nothing.”

    Simple, true, strong metaphor. Dig it.

    As always, thank you for your incisive read. I try to use the banner to reflect my mood — sometimes it goes with a poem or two, sometimes not. Talk to you soon.

  2. What a way to start my week! Like poetry, all good things come with warnings, and plagiarism is a ruthless monster. This was a refreshing read, thank you Henry 🙂

  3. Midway through the read, I had a slow grin forming on my lips; by the time I reached the last stanza, I was grinning like a Cheshire cat. 😉 Loved the I-shall-smite-thee tone at the end. Priceless.

    I wanted to be a loving god, and I guess smiting is sometimes involved in that 🙂 alpha/ omega, creator/ destroyer, big bang/ big crunch?

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