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Rachel Murnane
Words Unspoken


The words
Are inside of me,
I could prove it to you,
If you'd open me up,
You would see
That they are right there
Jailed in my ribs,
Stuck in my heart,
Trapped in my throat
But they won't pour out
Not even in a way
That I don't want them to
They won't spill out
When I most want them to
Not this moment
Or tomorrow's
And probably not
At all.
They will stay there
Heavy in my soul,
In the back of my mind,
And underneath my tongue
They'll be just out of reach
Always.
You will never hear me,
I tell myself,
As I realize
That somehow I've just said
All the words I've ever wanted
To say to you,
Aloud.

 

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