I'm Just Trying to Live

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He spoke with silence,

the smokers lived there

Back in black alleys

with blacker, burnt air

 

But he was trapped

his chords rotten red

with his huffs and his puffs,

he left his voice dead

 

Momma whispered

"Erase mistakes soon!"

but she never warned

that mistakes erase you

 

What would give back his voice?

Maybe the angels heard,

they sent thick, ancient liquid—

Water, in word

 

So he penned honest prose

of shadows and thoughts,

of a child's green meadow,

and crimes that child stalked

 

The words that he swam in

flowed in water he drank,

they wrote the erased,

and a voice that now thanked

 

They ask him why does he write

Why's it words that he gives?

He takes a deep breath:

I'm just trying to live

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