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There’s more beneath the skin,
some unwanted secret
The only promises that come at the end
are laden mistakes.
I always wish
that I’d never given my word,
but nothing stays hidden
when it grows like a hangnail
to either run its course,
or be ripped out with your teeth.
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.
It all comes down to the voice,
that one moment
when the tones come clear,
the names we go by
and silently keeping
all those secrets
that we only tell ourselves
in our dreams at night.