Ventriloquist

so as he talks or
I talk voice being
murky here
as any text
tends to be
yet you as one
of us talks
you listen
without talking
for now
for now
you listen
or perhaps
only hear
yet still
you must tie
all the strands
of conversations
you hear again
back into what
was said and what
you know or what
you can remember
of what you think
you know now
of the pattern
of course
the pattern
how each
scrap and thread
ravels not
necessarily
the sleeve
of care
but rather
the underlying
intent by which
we pretend
to care
yes the pattern
allows all
the scraps and threads
of what we
talk about
so intently
to make sense
even to you
because you listen
(March 2013)

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