Word Zombie

In the mountains
by the beach
in the trees

I see words hidden in the sand
pop up sideways like crabs
but when I reach for one
it’s sucked back under

as I search with my back turned
other words creep out missing parts

bandaged, amputated, gaping excuses
for letters bundled together
crusted with blood
I know then what they are
word zombies

And I know for sure
my job is to slay them
to give real words a chance

but as I reach for one
it bites me and I
turn into a zombie too
the blank page zombie.



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