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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Sound and Silence

He was unwantedly
   
   relentless


in his impetuous prolix

pronouncements


Could bend even

  the most patient


  sturdy ear to

the breaking point


with his crooked

                     rivers of words.


Did the President really just tweet


    That the FBI’s reputation is

In tatters,


That the FBI’s reputation

   is the worst in history?


As they close in on him.


I wish, instead,


That he’d strode confidently

  into a garden

                           of roses


Winked on top of a dry

        wry smile,


Opened his mouth, and said


   nothing at all---like a stone---


As inquisitive listening flies gathered


      in his suddenly silent mouth


   While fluttering flocking pigeons

flitted


on suddenly scarecrow arms.


As squirrels around the man’s

     stone cold feet


squirreled away

  just enough acorns


for a suddenly warmer winter


While the felicitous sun

     rose and set every day


After day


After day


After day.


And the man never spoke again.

© Gil Hoy

FBI chief Chris Wray defends bureau after Trump says its reputation is 'in tatters'

Gil Hoy is a Boston poet and trial lawyer who is studying poetry at Boston University through its Evergreen program. Hoy’s poetry has appeared, most recently, in Ariel Chart, Poetry24, Social Justice Poetry, The Penmen Review, Right Hand Pointing/One Sentence Poems, The New Verse News and Clark Street Review.

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