Bruised words


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Do I need
to say the words
that have lingered
on the lips of lovers
throughout time,
that are written
in your eyes
and on my heart?
Worn words
and bruised
by misuse,
yet precious,
resting
on the verge
of utterance
and though unsaid,
speaking still
and with more eloquence
than my lips could lend.
Do I need
to say
the words?

(1983)

 © Cate Kimberley and Word and Affect, 2012.

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