Thursday, May 13, 2010

Verse: ventriloquist

i did not
lose my voice
i neglected it

i discarded
it said

made it
a conduit
for other voices

and sentenced it
to silence
on all things personal

until your
happy return
from accidental exile

when you
showed me how
to project it

and every day since
i find my voice
in different places

the unmade bed
the laundry
in pools of sunlight

so many places
and yet always
often the same

yet if i
should ever lose
this voice

through carelessness
tedium or
some unknown other

maybe you
could lend me

i think
that would
sustain and me

in those times
when i have nothing
to say.

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