Cautious Words

I am careful with words I use with you
An egg rolls beneath my feet
I tread lightly
Try to keep a balance
Try to keep the egg from

CRACKING

And I'm cautious
When I talk to you
I say, "I use too many words,"
You say, "I don't use enough."
I speak to fill gaps
Why do you speak?

When I run out of words
What will we do?
Pick words carefully like a watermelon at the supermarket
Not too soft, vulnerable or bruised
Not too hard, hollow and stiffening

When we are too careful with words
Can we break this egg
And sit in the yellow yolk and
LAUGH?





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