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How to Talk Differently than Parents - July 17, 2022

not with just vocabulary

but delivery

inflection

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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