I Can’t Do Spoken Word

I can’t do spoken word because

You all can’t see me right

I can’t do spoken word because

My poems don’t work like that

I can’t do spoken word because

I wheeze too much

I can’t do spoken word because

I don’t wheeze enough

I can’t do spoken word because

I’m not courageous enough

I can’t do spoken word because

You’ll all have to hear

What I’ve been thinking about, silently

For all of these years–

My poems are meant for

Closed, private and

Sentimental atmospheres, not to be

Ripped from my brain and amplified

For stranger’s ears


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