Measure of Speech

We come pre-programmed with the need to speak
a certain quantity of words a day.
The amount is chosen at chance’s quirk
and there’s no explanation as to why
one person feels the need to talk more words
than someone with an identical life.
We have to speak our daily dose of words
as though if we do not say ‘pass the salt’
the universe will forget we exist
and we start doubting our own existence.
And if we start to doubt? We write. We touch.
We make off-colour jokes and wear bright clothes
to make the universe pay attention
and notice our far away restless holes
where we the alive, pace and dream in silence.

Writing exercise. Iambic pentameter.


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