— this is really happening

“potential of the day” award goes to …

What if I were turned on by seemingly innocent words such as
    "scumble," "pinky,"

or "extrapolate?"

What if I maneuvered conversation in the hope that others would
    pronounce these words?

Perhaps the excitement would come from the way the other person
    touched them lightly and carelessly with his tongue.

What if "of" were such a hot button?

"Scumble of bushes."

What if there were a hidden pleasure
in calling one thing
by another’s name?

— from "Scumble" by Rae Armantrout

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