Words - invisible liquid thought in head,
combustible gas when spoken aloud,
transformative solid when print imbed,
constant element with which we’re endowed.

Within - stone in water ripple thinking,
without - loud or soft echoing reverb,
visible - trifling or vital linking
to mundane laundry list, hoary proverb,

literature, proclamation, advert,
code or any and all seeable talk.
From within we are able to assert
over without our will of human shock.

A fragile, ephemeral element
whose omnipotence makes us earth’s regent.