Tongues for Days

purling this timidity into

cities translated by clouds

as forever rests

on gossipers’ tongues.


gulls been fending for

and fending off

longer than this shyness

ever existed.


electricity’s been static


discovered nothing

but an experience.


didn’t go / didn’t get


but took in a tear

on receiving news.


sheltered sadness

fostered it

for sake of something.


parrots had nothing to repeat.

mockingbirds eased of mimicry.


quieted, calmed –

reflecting on the essentiality

of being

another animal.



descent comes closer to home

to find the core –

bypass wounds, scars, sore spots

to dismay of symptoms

distracting the cure


in fear, death rises again



breaking out

heaven from hell

fury from fate

injustice amused


with a distaste being mutual between

needle and cloth

thread – the only common friend –

binds both until

the job is through.



crammed into the corners of the mind –

holding up the walls of theories never to be

a fly holding back the boulder

telling Sisyphus

give up the task


what worse could possibly come?


rain hungers for a face

tongues for a drop


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