sans serif

if i could exist
in words
and not in body

i would be
louder than the tinnitus
clearer than my g li tchy s igh t
tronger than skinny limbs
hold less pain than nerves aflame

if i were words
i could bilocate
meet those in despair
bold, tireless
no shoulders to curl into
no truth i could not stomach

as words i'd speak
without a tongue
sing a high and clean falsetto
without trembling

© 2020 courtney lavender

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