The probability of one voice
wielding words the way the muse swings mine
so it is identifiable is unlikely: a probability
of 99.95% against, like a DNA test
disproving kinship, the punctuation
I choose unique as DNA base sequences rising
from a common skeletal language; a CGAAC
unique to Shakespeare so no one but him
can compare a mistress’ eyes to the sun,
or Eliot rolling trousers and tasting peaches.
No-one else is saying this truth
the way I tilt it.
I could spin the numbers of my name
to generate in a fickle breeze ripples
across the calm surface of a pond that 5 represents:
the only predictability in my mutability
being nothing is fixed– catch me if you can,
but you will hear my voice and know it
when I whisper it across water,
or perhaps calculate the probability
of whom is speaking by the precise wink
one semicolon represents.
**The dVerse prompt was numerology. My number is 5 for change or mutability. Add to that my astrological planet of mercury, and then wonder why you can’t pin me down 😉
I had to write this, after hearing about a computer program that can identify, by sentenct length, patterns of punctuation, and certain word choices, a unique writer’s voice. Hmmm. So now there is a computer program that can divine what most of us can already intuit.