I’d Rather Not

people talk.

i’d rather not

partake of such pretense

their scornful words and sentiments
present even in silence

‘tis all too rare
to share a laugh
not hinging on the precipice

through tears tinged with inauspice

as our solipsist release

forgive my unabashed candor
sycophants have burned remiss

but once a truth is learned

no luxury can disallow its visage

lest we turn our text of tenuous humanity
to barter

it is the ardor of our unwitting machinations that strikes my heart of hearts

a ritualized recalcitrance
refuses to read between the lines

i know this, for it hearkens from the pits of my own pith’s refrain

a hypocrite as far as i am able to exist a human

unaware are we
of the power wielded by our expression

a proprietary lesson
found on mortuary floors

i have heard the ghastly whispers

wafting through these phantom walls

in the hour of ghostly ire

impervious to my behest

spilling forth from frothing lips
my sentence e’er spelled out before me

here, amid the vast cacophony
of human sanctimony


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