How to Play the Game

Tell me what you want to hear.

Name the words

and I will release them to you

one by one.

I hold them hostage

only by accident but

the oversight proves

fortuitous on occasions

like this when

the balance of power

shifts suddenly

into my lap.

I watch you muddy your eyes

and plead for their lives

as if I hold them up

against the killing wall

gun barrel pressed to their cursive heads.

Negotiations commence.

I could tell you right now

that I l-o-v-e you or

pierce the heart

of the matter

with a bullet

right through the o.

04.08 | unpublished