24. the coffee table book.

there’s a pedant sitting


in a corner of the hall


beneath a glazed expression

that’s hanging on the wall


the malcontents and ne’er do wells

are fingering the wedding belles


and onomatopoeiae smirk

at dangers in the plasterwork


whilst keeping up appearances

& thesaurus held near

the metaphor & simile


grammatically peer

beyond the confines of the page

where box & cypress form a cage


to ornamental gardens flee

beyond the maze of you and me


they slip their bounds

and with a leap

escape the wordsmith

fly the keep.