the straight up ones, the yeah I said it ones, the ones without metaphor, simile, allusion, or affectation; the ones that tattle; the least lyrical; the crybaby ones; the soft ones
are always hardest.
the up too late, drank too much,
won’t sleep ones;
damn did I really ones; the never meant to and if I did kind of words
that know better.
they are embarrassed;
wear baggy clothes and rarely speak above a whisper or under a decibel-defiant shout
but if you listen
like place your ear right on the chest and close your eyes
(to avoid distraction)
you can hear them.
like her heartbeat.