Saturday, October 23, 2021

Overheard at Booth 2: Hearing Voices

Hearing Voices

We make jokes
About those who hear voices,
We mimic, for fun,
Other people’s voices.

But you do not know
How your voices
Resound in my head
Like a rubber ball
Bouncing off the walls
In a closed court,

Your strident voices,
Your angry voices,
Your petulant voices,
Your raging voices,
Your whiny voices,
Your indignant voices,
Your insane voices,

All the things that make you
Angry or upset that make you
Raise your ugly voices, don’t you


They are stuck in 
My head, so that now I must

Try to find some way
To quiet your voices.

I’d rather a mountain stream,
Far from any fading echo
Of your voices.


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