The things we do not talk about

The things we do not talk about
crawl behind our consciousness
taking up residence where they
tell what to see, what not to see,
tell us who to be (or urge us not
to be)

The things we do not talk about
highlight sins in green to flash
before our eyes whenever we
consider closing that distance
between ourselves and any
(loving?) Other

The things we do not talk about
encircle from inside, dividing
those speechless from those who
can’t bear quiet; those immobile,
paralyzed from those terrified by
stillness

The things we do not talk about
kill us over gentle decades and
always with the best intentions
so that eventually we close our
eyes with gratitude and grief for
that closet crowded with all the
unmentioned

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