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Michael Harlow

   That small but amplified and
crackling moment, when in
the midst of a speech traveling
under the very existential title,
The virtues of not knowing
and keeping quiet….

   The woman her body tense with
words wanting to be let out, her
lips a thin purse of shivers, leans
forward so deeply into the ears
of her audience that suddenly,

   ‘Ping’—one of her large, pendulous
earings swings outward in an arc
of bright light and strikes, like the bell—
tongue exploding on air, the open
mouth of the microphone, into

   Which she is going to say in a most
zen-like way, and quietly—right now:
You know what they say about silence
….don't you?


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