I was not silenced by
any argument,

or proposition man-
or heaven-sent,

be it yesterday or today, or
even by common sense,

no, I was silenced, in the end,
by silence,

the thing itself, call it apathy or

it struck me heavy, cold, un-
forgiving as an ashen urn,

it shut my mouth, it stilled
my pen,

it left me pondering
the ways of men.

December 21, 2002

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