One Phrase
by Richard Dinges, Jr.

All too often
we exist one phrase
away from loneliness
words better swallowed
and suffer indigestion
than released
in a putrid gasp
that poisons a relationship
too long founded
on silence
now separated
by an epitaph
that never allows us
to rest in peace.

Illya's Honey Literary Journal

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