it's a long hard streak
when he kneels
still, symptomatic

they've heard it all
the way
both cry and hit

a fracture that'll cost
your own personal suspicion
(relieved - all the same)

now here they will be still

all the shouts
that stopped
all the talking


natural impulses
are ritualistically pronounced
of course these tendencies
carry a certain level of expectation
urge resisting

determined for sure, driven by
fear of ugliness
prevented pleasure too intense


swiftly dismantling
movements of speech
all the fan mail &
crests, breaking waves
against cold stone

cut off the strings
(with a dead thump)
sensitivity to opinions set in
as soon as
yawning begins

less insolent than everyone else

still has a chance
still has no choice