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  • Gary Hunter

How to Talk Differently than Parents - July 17, 2022

not with just vocabulary

but delivery


rounded corners

stretched endings

whispered or shouted

flicked or nipped or spit

all the actor’s tricks

to elicit meaning

manipulate reaction

maybe that’s why I write

poetry and read it

with so little of that

to give the listener

motivation to be in the play

pick their part

caste themselves

as characters

good or bad

in reality I’ll be lucky

to find anyone holding a ticket

to an orchestra seat

close enough to see

if the tears or laughter

are anything more than faked


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