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annoying person

Do Not Speak a Word

Written by Susan Noyes Anderson on . Posted in General-Literary Poems

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Do not speak a word; I tell you.
Utter  not  one  word.
These days your every phrase strikes me
as patently absurd.

The syllables that leave your lips
bedevil me no end.
If you keep blathering, I fear
I shall not call you friend.

So do not breathe a word, not one.
No wanton, witless word.
Your dialogue is best, I find,
entirely unheard.

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