HUSH

(a poem by Timothy J. Verret)

When I walk out of my house now

I got nothing to say

nothing they wanna hear.

Take that back

I say something

but they say nothing

they pay me no mind

maybe their mind ain’t right

I know mine ain’t.

I give ’em hush

they give me hush back

it’s a two-way street.

Scarecrow had it right

“you go your way and I’ll go mine”

stop pointing in the same direction, Scarecrow!

they ain’t listening to you.

I give ’em hush

they think it has to do with purity

I know they ain’t pure ’cause

I ain’t.

I’d take some pictures but there’s no one here

my camera don’t pick up ghosts

it picks up hush.

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)

Be hush, too, God.

I got nothing to say

but this.

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