Oath by Michael Leong

If to dis is to cuss,
   then I’ll write,
      “the gust took the discus
         off course
            quite a distance”
               in cursive.
                  To do otherwise
                     would be discourteous.
                        Like passing off
                           curdled milk
                              for custard.
                                 Or curtsying
                              with your fingers
                           crossed. But if
                        to dis is to curse,
                     then I’ll slur
                  my words, curb
               my tongue,
         my discourse,
      & curtail
   my coprolalia,
with a cursus.*



* According to the OED, the cursus is “[t]he regular varying cadences which mark the end of sentences and phrases, esp. in Greek and Latin prose.”