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Wood Panneled Walls

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close the door—hush

the door
the door

the door
close it—hush

don’t tell me
don’t tell me
don’t tell me

no no,
no no, no no no

close your lips
shut your mouth
clench your teeth

the door!

intertwine your fingers
lace up your hands
in mine in mine, in mine

swallow your words
keep your thoughts on your lips
hold your voice in your throat

hush

my ears are closed
they’re not listening
((can’t you tell i don’t want to hear this))

my tentative feet touch carpet
tiptoe
touch the brass knob

the door
the door

the door
i pull it shut—hush

and i leave without another word





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