A World of Words

When you live, solely, in a world of words,
 imagination loses its grounding,
 and truth becomes ulcerous.

Words are things, but they are not the same
 as the things they are meant to signify;
 just as saying, "I will pay you back on time"
 doesn't mean that we will.

So whatever we think we know strictly from words
 should come with this caution:
 hearsay is unreliable, as is readwrote.

Truth is not a monopoly; no mortal --
 or group of mortals -- has
 sufficient experience to own it,
 no matter what they tell you.

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Beleaguered Servant

Owen Servant is an online poet working in a style that's been described as "compulsive". In real life, he is an actuary, because being a poet wasn't unpopular enough.

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