Stack

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a stack of paper
not so robust but
under your hand like
a tight sheet on a
hotel bed, somewhere
you can go into
and close the door,
an envelope,
letters you don’t send,
the guardian of words
and wishing, the end
of all you’ve said

 

 

 

Said

He treats what she says as if it were ___________. She hears what he says as if it were __________, though she wishes __________.

She thinks it is always _________ and always __________. He thinks it is never __________ and always _________.

Some evenings they __________ to themselves, but somehow _________ never __________. It would be the same, she thinks, if they __________, despite the fact that they __________.

Looking back later on, it was clear that __________ had __________ all along. All along what he’d really been saying was __________. But at the time, she had no __________ and thus couldn’t have __________ even if she had __________. It was just __________. It was just __________.