When They Talk

img_9600In my mind I see
the words said about me,
the words said over me,
the words said around me.
I see the words
never said,
and the words said
with regret
as they chant,
dancing through my memory.
I see these words
look back at me,
asking me to answer.
I see them nod
and steal glances
as my own silence dances
around all their looks
as I try to cope
with reality
and what it shows.
I see these words
and I seize my own,
a reality I’ve never known

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