Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ode to Noam Chomsky

--Dr. Carlos Otero, UCLA

Dr. Chomsky, I salute you, your mind

with vast spools of fabric entwined in time

the rationales of injustice denied

when grammar can’t divide opinion

nor adjectives to bring back the living  

what is it that makes us all human

but an ability to ascertain

as when something grows smaller gains in depth

suddenly just as I am asked I know

who it was who got me thinking of you

a linguistics professor in my youth

when he rose up against us and shouts:

“Why, why are you so tired and sleepy?”

Then took me aside to study  Chomsky

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