Collected dead
as flies on the sill
Dusty crunch and crackle of
the shells of form

On to the floor
Castoff clutter
Birdlike flutter
Of clothes
Before that first hot tumble
The clumsy stammering of arms and

Like tonsils
In an academic throat
Cough expels the choked volumes
Sticky with digestive coat

Or worse,
Punctuation on a passing highway sign
Billboard comma, propaganda period.
Platitude exclamation! point

Ellipses falling like injured birds...

These are our words.

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