fall silent again, by Mandy Macdonald

I am not a silent poet


deafens / terrifies
they will not shut up
nothing they say beautiful
or true
mangled language
lies bleeding

lies lies
lies lies lies
lies lies lies lies
(repeat ad nauseam
usque ad mortem
not long now)

like a cat they have nine lies
at least
cat o nine tales
tall tales
none of them true
shut up we say shut up but
they don’t hear
flagellated by their own noise
swishing & roaring while

we are driven back bleeding
into silence

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