Escape Clause

We build it in excuse me

or in my opinion.

Turn the words on their sides

and create ladders from careful sentences.

We wrap our hands

around the right tone rungs.

We climb through watchful walls

and guarded postures.

Set it behind plate glass mouths

while wit and tact pose 

with firemen axes and large coat security.

They prepare to shatter the glass

at the first growl of an argument 

to pull out corded apologies, 

so we can escape the fiery comebacks

and smoke tinged disappointment.

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