Speak of courage

i stared at my lips in the mirror before me

watched the lines as they travelled up and down

and across- telling of the times they were pursed

out of nervousness, bitten into silence

they amaze me- for when whispers form ready to 

ignite the air outside these same lips forbid their

movement

yet with trembling they wish to open up 

fully, making beautiful strong sounds

forming the words being trained to stand

in line- all their life

they are smiling now, for they can read my mind

what will they do next?

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