The Danger of Synecdoche                                 

            It is probably well known
            To most of you
            That the cheetah
            Is the fastest animal on land
            It may, however, come as a surprise
            To learn that it can also be
            Still as a statue
            Silent as a penitent
            Stealthy as a lawyer or
            Slow as molasses
            In pursuit,
            Depending on the prey
            If I were he – or she –
            I’d lick my chops and lie in wait
            To show that I was built
            For so much more than speed
            And if I really cared a whisker
            I might wonder,
            Having set the record straight
            While gnawing on a bone,
            If you preferred to be remembered
            Merely by a part –
            And not the whole


            Emanuel E. García, The Virtues of Calamity, One Hundred Poems2013

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