To rhetoric: quarry me
for the stones of such tombs as may rise
in your honor.
To molecules: let me be carbon.
To the burners of bones: let me be charcoal.
To drosophila: declaim me
of finger bananas.
To eyes: that they might look askance
in the darkness and find me.
by Campbell McGrath
from Nouns and Verbs
Harper Collins, 2019