I beheaded a word
in trying to modify it for the better:
A sudden detachment of a letter-limb.
A good intention ending in
orthographic disaster.

The ‘v’, shocked,
severed with the presence of a ‘p’,
a bilabial blade,
stares at the rest of its mutated corpse: ‘iolence’.

Ticking like a death knell,
the cursor hovers over
the consonantal carnage:
‘vpiolence’ .

The sentence grieves.

Christy Callaway-Gale

The Poor Print

The Poor Print is Oriel College's student newspaper, with contributions from across the JCR, MCR, SCR, and staff. Our current Executive Editors are Siddiq Islam and Jerric Chong.

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