Quiet

DSC_4948is the noose
that lacerates
the tongue
on a breath
of deep-fried 
voice

why do you
ask?

   - Rachel Gilliatt
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Tone Deaf

DSC_2930          hospital skin
          clawing
          under my nails
          the scabs
          from when you
          were here.
                   the radio
                   still sings -
                   top 40 though.
          cells
          are songs untold:
                   non/malignant
                   non/operable
                   or/maybe
          full of heart
                   beating
                   each other
                   and jumping line
          one step
          closer to
          the end:

          like that song
          we all know
          stuck in our head

             - Rachel Gilliatt

the space between us

DSC_9017Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.
Using the phone is a very unnatural way to talk to someone.

knot
these tangles

barbed wire
could comb through

the custody
of no-man's land

a dial tone
on hold

tapped dry
of sign language

..
...

now you say you've gone
wireless

and hang up 
the anchor

coiled
around your fingers

yet you dial
1876

but still 
there is no answer

when you call

  - Rachel Gilliatt