haughty, hopeful, or ambitious

in an average day
an average woman will speak
20,000 words
an average man, 7,000 words
the balance, kept
drowned, while still kicking
in an average poem
and they are all
an average poet might pen 100 words
or maybe 300 hundred
on a haughty, hopeful, or ambitious day
the cool muzzle of a revolver
nestled in the divot of a temple
spares the travesties’ tragedy
for the wordless prophets
and after these decades
have ceased spinning
their amber-flicker strobe
which of us understands, fully
even a single thing
of any other?

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