I is the biggest word
in the English language –
some people yawn bored
as soon as you mention it.
I know people who erect crosses
made from it
and then refuse to carry them.
I know people who would
like to keep changing it
every week like fashionable clothing.
I know people who hate it so much
it’s become an obcession,
like a priest always ranting against sin.
In English, ‘I’ begins the sentence:
the other words queue up behind it
waiting for their instructions.
You must write ‘I’ with a capital letter.
but ‘we’ with a small one.
Why? … well… as in God and Great Britain.
i know a person who tried to make it
mock itself, to disguise an ambition.
i know a person who thinks it will outlive
the exploring body, the inflated mind.
by Mike Jenkins
from Empire of Smoke