The old poets
sometimes said, "Oh!"
It's not really done anymore
so you could say the word
is gone out of use
but of course
the sensation remains.
It’s a bearded
word spoken through a dying mouth
almost like "Rosebud."
But when you
shave off the whiskers
and round your mouth just so
the sound gathers
in the sternum
just beneath
the bulbous meat
of heart and lung
and goes up the organ tubes
of throat where words
can no longer turn back
and there untouched
by teeth retracted
through smoke ring making lips
you’ll hear
yourself say, "Oh!"

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