It’s hard to open your mouth
after everything’s been said,
every “hopefully” and “probably.”
It’s hard striking pen to paper
when the quip’s rolled off
another’s quill so elegantly.
Voices and pull-quotes:
the supply exceeds demand,
to put it delicately.
What happens when
you’ve said your piece?
Does meaning follow faithfully?
Intention unmasked willingly?
The last word invites one more;
inquiring minds want an encore.