The Hardest Words To Write

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

real close
like place your ear right on the chest and close your eyes
(to avoid distraction)

you can hear them.

they sound
like her heartbeat.

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