I spoke today

In barely a whisper

Just enough

To take the edge off the pain

That caters to laughter

A plagiarized smile

That beckons my eyes

To lie

What do I do

When all of these words

Are gladiators inside of me?

A listless dance

Followed by war drums

Painting my face

With your eyes

All I want

Is your breath within me

The warmth of your shadow

Because I may have forgotten

How to rise the sun

Or maybe

I've declined

The offer

(To remember how)

I spoke today

In barely a whisper

And you asked me


I was screaming

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