Speak Now

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Speak Now

 

“Speak now or forever hold your peace.”

 -Unidentified customer of a gas station in Seattle, Washington in the midst of an altercation with another customer.

 

Speak now or forever hold your piece

Of the pie

And hold it between your thighs

And take those razorblade eyes

And your slice of life

And all that bad advice

And hold it

By the tail

By the tongue

By the throat

By all that’s wholly

Not yours and not mine

Either.

 

Speak now or forever hold your piece

Of the rock

Your stock

Your verbal hemlock

Your chalk outlined

Hip cock

Back talk

And stuff it inside

That sad propensity of yours to gawk.

 

Speak now or forever hold

Your nose

And sniff the whiff

Of all the white lies

And the black truths

You use to keep

That smooth roof

Over your eye tooth.

 

Speak now or forever hold your piece

Of tail

Your “holy grail”

That deep exhale

Of everything you’ve ever truly known

You will never ever

Truly truly

Know.

 

Speak now or forever hold

That piece of your mind

That’s impervious to the sidewind

And the bottom line

And the riptide

That you use to hide

The signs  

That everything is “fine”.

 

Speak now or forever

Close your eyes

To the size of it all.

To the expanded tear

The inflated pause

The lost cause

And the escape clause

That says:

 

Speak now or forever hold your

 

Peace.

 

 

Seattle, Fall, 2010

Also appears in Psychic Meatloaf Poery Journal.

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