stammerer

i know the cruelty of consonants
the sweep deep swish
of sss-ss-sssss, the fish gaping
vowels

BURST!

BURST!

i want to float
soft drifting word-sea
slide through meaning
weightless/fluid/bright

BUT

Kookaburra laugh
kcKckkccckkKcckkc
helicopter wings whirring
shatter air

you guess my words
steal
RIP
from my throat
CUT
with clear tongue,
precise mouth, cruel

my words
choking, knocking, flapping
dying moths

stillborn

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