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Rated: ASR · Poetry · Writing · #1599980
Coffee shop, writing community, anywhere...you're gagged by the complacency.



I wish I could sing; I can,
but the coffee shop patrons
can't roll up their windows in here.

I want to release this trill,
the locked and hardened harmony,
spill notes from behind
the Frappachino paper cup.

Gagged by the invisible glove
of societal oppression, I don't know
where the lyric should begin.

Building, swelling fears restrict
hearts in these cage-like chests,
clutching overpriced caffienated wonder,
careful not to spill a drop,
lest we force someone to bring a mop.

They don't want to clean up after me.
I wish I could sing, and I can,
but this coffee shop needs quiet,
so we can all forget we're wasting time here.


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