Never said

I heard every word
that you never said.

I heard it, it felt it,
I licked and smelled it,
I tasted every and each word
that you never said.

Every syllable, every vowel,
every letter tasted like you,
raw, uninhibited, opened

I swallowed them all, the words
that you never said.

But because I respect your silence
I never mentioned
what you never speak about.

Alenka H., 2023

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