you’re clever
right on cue
got it together
stiff like a block of wood
lighter than a feather

open secrets
hidden in dark crawl places
crooked, spoiling teeth
covered by veneer pavement
chipped paint on doors covered by wreaths

but when lies talk
the truth can only slip
onto icy withdrawn back streets
where abandoned houses
are covered with sprawling weeds

people try to reach to into you pockets
motivated by greed
they get your attention
and you take heed
but you weave through the criticism
you don’t need
because you’re clever

Love always, Esha


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