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For The Love Of Lexicon

My Mother taught me
how to see through language, 
paper was rare, iron ink wasn't free
so she sold some jewelry for porcelain lettering, 
and we clapped and sang the alphabet into life
our life, our joy, our phonetic rhapsody,
the consonants kicked and the syllables scrambled
a speedy scrimmage to espirited syntax, rat, owl, fowl,
star, far, wish and fish...
Father's farm imparted the words of work
into the grammar of growing up grounded
to the earth, to the ethic of honest effort,
through labor we are educated
and by self motivation edified,
we pronounced productivity with pride
enunciated achievement with enthusiasm
diction being defined by determination, 
in the forests and furrows form was function
the meaning of everything was alive
spelled by sunlight and sound
definition depended on how action ended,
I wanted the source,  the roots of communication
rudiments in the mud, reason in the breeze, 
Papa found me spelling God and glory in the dirt
and told me that one day I'd build an arch for the alphabet, 
I asked, how come the British speak and spell differently, 
Papa said...Son, we're not British,  we're Americans now,
battle is beginning to breathe amongst our folk,
it's time to defend our freedom Noah...
battle broke open in 1775, revolution ripped the fabric of colonization, 
the aftermath availed a new arsenal of rights
for a newborn civilization that will not rely on the Past for promise
rather, we will move toward a future that favors the flares of freedom,
there is only one instrument of intellect that can unite us,
the Egnlish language is the linchpin,  eclectic and euphonious,
capable of encouraging introspection, industry and invention
it is the poetry and pragmatism of human potential, 
I will create the first modern, monolithic dictionary
for our nation, a book bound for every home
a scripture scribed for earnest scrutiny, 
thousands upon thousands of words
waiting for your eyes to convert them into self empowerment, 

America, a nation needing no permission to prosper,
Bravery, the truest expression of beliefs, 
Constitution, a framework of motivations establishing identity, 
Deliverance,  to be delivered out of darkness by sacred desire,
Enlightenment, uninterrupted understanding of unveiled nature,
Freedom, having the ability to determine your destiny,
Gamble, to risk something of value for greater value, 
Honesty, an awareness of incorrupt feelings,
Ingenuity, inventive adaptation leading to victory, 
Justice, the cost of living,
Kindness,  respecting the feelings of others as if they were your own,
Leadership, accepting the price for commitment, 
Mastery, having total control of your craft,
Nuclear, harmony within volatility, 
Oath, to offer your honor for an ideal,
Providence, the guiding intelligence inspiring humanity, 
Question, an excuse to explore,
Redemption, being reborn through the thorns of fault,
Sovereignty, existing outside the jurisdiction of others,
Trust, a condition in which vulnerability becomes a virtue,
Unprecedented, something that has never been done before,
Vigilance, being prepared to dominate violators, 
War, aggressive confrontation that aims to eliminate opposition, 
Xenophobia, having a distrust of foreign origins,
Yearn, to feel the pangs of obsession, 
Zest, to exhibit an excitement for life -

This poem is dedicated to Noah Webster (1758 - 1843), an American icon
who labored for 28 years to create the first modern, American English Dictionary
consisting of 70, 000 words stimulating and educating
the intellects of tens of millions of Americans,  unting the people
of the United States of America with a shared language
that has proven itself to be nothing short of divine...Justin A. Bordner

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016

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Date: 10/4/2016 2:53:00 PM
Wow! Justin, my friend, you penned this so so great. It indeed shows you are a genius in the field of Art. Do you know what, I love how you find way for each alphabet yourself. Your really wrote this great, for it shows the deep love you have for your country. A great tribute to a great person..........A.M.
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Justin Bordner
Date: 10/6/2016 8:25:00 PM
Your words inspire me deeply Afolabi. Without love, there can be no genius, this much I do know my friend. Noah Webster's effort and accomplishment is heroic to me...he deserves the purest respect of us all...J.A.B.
Date: 9/30/2016 11:13:00 PM
I also appreciate the well-crafted ABC stanza defining each word in your beautiful way, beginning with America and ending with zest- powerful, inspiring work. I am spellbound! Always, Laura
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Justin Bordner
Date: 10/1/2016 1:42:00 AM
I appreciate your passion Laura, you must love the language as much as I do! It was important to me, while crafting the alphabet litany not to refer to the dictionary, rather I embraced the quest of defining each of those words uniquely, according to my personal experience. The goal is to instill respect for the lexicon, and culture, to respect the standard, but to work diligently to understand the language and make it your own. American zest does have a great flavor! Thank you great Poetess...Justin
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Laura Breidenthal
Date: 9/30/2016 11:13:00 PM
Definitely a fav! ~Laura
Date: 9/30/2016 11:12:00 PM
"I wanted the source, the roots of communication,rudiments in the mud, reason in the breeze"...incredible composition, Justin. A glimpse into the heart of an American with a passion for the word..."it is the poetry and pragmatism of human potential" This is not only a dedication to Webster, but an allegiance to the freedom of English language and how such words can fulfill us... "a speedy scrimmage to espirited syntax" epic line!!!
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Justin Bordner
Date: 10/1/2016 1:57:00 AM
I wept while in the vision of he and his Mother frolicking with the alphabet...I really connected with the simple, strong and rural lifestyle that must have gave Noah the license to revere the lexicon, and which spurred his special mission. The way in which you relate to the spirit of this poem is absolutely heartwarming to me Poetess! J.A.B.
Date: 9/30/2016 12:42:00 PM
You show your mastery for words with this piece, Justin. It is truly amazing. The way you use alliteration throughout...your love for your country...your admiration for Webster....all are palpable. I wish you had another word for not always good, dear. We are all children of one God.
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Justin Bordner
Date: 9/30/2016 6:25:00 PM
Xenophobia is an important part of American history the overcoming of which through the centuries is a component of America's greatness, and a real reason why the American people should be proud of their culture. No other nation in the world receives more immigrants, more successfully than the United States of America and it's compassionate population Eileen...J.A.B.