• Can you hear me?
    I can’t tell - my words hang tight in my throat
    Stuck, like a balloon in a tree
    Like a cliffhanger, like a dam
    With the water rising to meet it

    When it breaks, it floods
    And when I talk, words fall from my mouth like
    Rain, smashing against the window so loudly that
    The meaning is gone,
    And so are you.
    ...
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