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CELEBRATING CREATIVE EXPRESSION AT BAYLOR SINCE 1966

Periaktoi Writing Post

Volume 51
Issue 1

Single Visual Art Post

  • Poetry
Words
Ellie Bixler
 
Words

 

It's difficult to force words,

whether it be on paper

to fulfill an poetry assignment,

Or face to face,

To fulfill others' expectations.

Sitting across the table,

and staring down at the forks and knives.

Tapping fingernails on hard wood

break through the silence.

This is when we're supposed to apologize

And hug it out,

Like every night before.

But it's difficult to force words.

Neither wants to put pencil to paper,

To write the poem,

To open their mouths,

To start the conversation.

It's difficult to force words,

whether it be a rhythmic line,

Or an I'm sorry,

Or I love you.