Speaking Shaetlan

Speaking Shaetlan

Here’s the trick:

pretend your mouth is full of stones.

 

Feel the dead weight pressing

        on your tongue,

 

the way this opens

your throat, turning your mouth

 

into a cave,

a wide darkness.

 

Then (and this is crucial)

let them

drop

 

still spit-warm from your lips

and watch

 

how they could shatter

on impact

 

anything

which they struck,

how they could break

 

like bone,

or bread.


 

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