Prose Poetry Prose

and there silence was no more

I’m Listening

Here I am in full attention. Caffeine-buzzed. Confused. Barely making any sense. Again. But I am listening. Yes. I heard you say that. Well which one is it, the well-done or the well-made? There are silver streaks in slivered fish, raw and wonderful. Now if I can only dip that in some soy with a dash of vinegar. Oh, yes. I need to nod my head for you. Like you were saying something comprehensible. Wait. Is that gum under the desk? Who put it there? How old is it? I might need to forensically analyze this. Investigate. Negate what mysteries have been happening when I am gone. Good. Yes. I nod again. My neck is sore from all this smiling. Nodding. Pretending like a mascara in a mud mask. Permanently old but trying for youth. Oh I am listening. I try to make that eye-contact that the purple book on personnel ethics said. But wait. Are you wearing your frown. It is so forward. So┬áprotruding. Perhaps an R&R? Who says that anymore. Me. Huh. Only I say this but not out loud. Not verbally. But oh do I say it in my head. I shout it out as I smile again signaling to you that I am listening. Really…

There is No Easy Way to Tell you This

There is no easy way to tell you this. It has to be done. Well-done like the closed fist┬áchecked steak on the grill ready to turn to its side. It is like the many likes distracting us from this conversation we are about to have. About to plunge into. A deep river raging. A shallow brook rushing. Calling. There is no bush to whack. Because beating it becomes tedious. Monotonous. Mediocre. There is no easy way to break it to you. No we are not going to sip that cold drink again. We are not going to play rock, paper, scissors, trying to cut it in like a shortcut to your home. Or homing device to bring you back to this two-way-I-ask-the-question-you-must-nod-your-head-talk. Let us talk. Talk. I mean actually open that unspoken like a prayer we dare not mention. Please listen. I only have a few minutes. Not a lot of time at all. And yes. You do need to listen for this is the only time I will tell you this…