The difference between speaking and talking

We deal in rare, unhealthy things
bringing actions into daylight,
these broken discourses that exist
only to be heard individually,
lips herding scripted words
gathering the ears of strangers
like children around a campfire.
Our tongues snap in opposition
to other people’s teeth
telling stories in a race
a way to be known only as the one who wins never the one yet to finish
these half grin conversations,
palates hiding pipe bombs,
fuses flossed between our teeth,
gazes grazing each other until nothing’s left,
only a redefined smile
sharpening its teeth against the wind.

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About Sean O'Gorman

Spoken Word poet from Ottawa. View all posts by Sean O'Gorman

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