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Held Breath

Just hold your breath and wait

for your unheard tears to drown

all the hollow spaces hiding

among the grey shades of this town;

steadily, like raindrops filling valleys

in cracked pavement.

(Look close enough and they look huge.)

But if you hold out the air long enough

to turn and walk away and leave

your bones here in a pile,

they’ll stay here

on this hard ground longer

than you’ll want them whispering

your name.


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