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recipe for atonement
By Shereen Lee
you find the bland numbness of too many
words in my mouth again.
not quite dead
but not alive,
grains of sand)
& what you don’t know is that
at one point
during one of my more recent lives,
i was a switchboard operator
training myself in the art of false apology.
i have heard this disembodied desperation of yours
a million times before,
under the crackle of static
(how may i help you? no, i’m afraid
that number doesn’t exist anymore)
but what i can tell you is this:
If you repeat something enough times,
it will eventually lose its meaning &
there are only so many ways for somebody to say
#Unreal #Poem #Atonement #Switchboard #Sorry #Apologizes
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