Mind over Matter

I fear
my tongue
feeling it seizing
with power,
a tight fist closes
over those words
strangling and cutting
sentences short, no verbs
Permission to speak
my tongue hiding
in the pits of my mouth
like a circus freak
comes and goes
wishing I can pry the words out,
but still the clenching
is the ultimate barrier
An impediment
makes me shy behind all

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