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Someone says “Look.”
Someone says “Listen.”

Directing your attention
differently.

Look, you know it's not the same.
Listen, I'm not going to say it again.

Useless ritual
whose point's to soothe.

There's something wrong with you
if you find lies easier to believe than the truth.

We all like them better, sometimes,
but you can't just believe what you like.

Words worried into wards
against l’appel du vide.

I meet so few people,
and all of them the wrong ones.

Content to adorn their silence
with raucous baubles.

Consciousness derives poetry.
But consciousness is a poem.

I love the gorgon
for her irreversible effect.

All poems are written and copyrighted by Michael C. Rush.
None may be republished or repurposed without permission.