I’m too sad to tell you (1971)


Words are immobilized

Fused to the interior of my throat

I fiercely gulp air to shake the words loose

But their nails dig into membrane

Choking me

Jaw instinctively tightens

Teeth clench as if chewing bones

Blood thickens, turning face into clay

Eyes dry, blinking sandpaper

I swallow the words to my core

So they can claw at my insides instead

And let me breathe

For at least a moment.


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