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Silence, an inexplicable virtue,

one I sometimes tend to lack

A sickness I have

riddled throughout my body

Have you heard of my ailment?

“Foot in Mouth Disease”

________

Taken in by blind leaps of faith

but what gets me the most,

words leaping from my lips.

Not knowing when to stop,

is not knowing where you’re going

I like to have the last word,

even if its wrong

________

All types of people,

every situation

and at every worst possible moment

strange words stream from my mouth

sinking to a new low

People have said,

“once a fool, always a fool”

________

But then, the shining moments,

those moments that allow you to sparkle.

I begin to tread again on soaking feet.

It is at these moments,

I know I have charm

I know I have grace

I know I have the ability

not to turn everything I touch

to dust

*September 2004

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