Words Between Us

The word villain rests in your mouth

and I wait for you to release it.

Like a flock of wild moths

to catch in the bright of my eyes,

but your gaze remains cloudy.

I try to explain my emotions in lullabies

and I sing to deaf ears, and I have to rewrite

each phrase from words to clipped tones.

Let my tongue click out my pain

so you can feel the rhythm of my heart

clatter between us.

The words between us are strained strings

stretching from one side of the room

to the other, and we

try to play telephone 

upon snapped cords and knotted communication.

The sentences never quite reach your awareness,

but lay crumpled in terms like perspective and misunderstanding

in your lap, and my tear edged eyes.

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