Poem: A Gift

An emptiness full of broken


provides the perfect acoustics

for the squelch

as she offers me

a gift of arguable value.


I never liked the word


with its lack of specificity

and utter vagueness,

but it’s the perfect word

for the value of her


and I will treasure it,

despite (or maybe because of)

her own carelessness with it,

until the final squelch

of my own.

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