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[NO MOUTH EMOJI]

I would ask so many questions,
but my vocal chords - 
they’re like the harp of some
shy goddess with clumsy fingers.
she plays enough to be heard,
but she’s not articulate,
she’s not precise enough.
in her temple, the altar is empty,
the idols turned over, the smoke
rises calmly out of abandoned
urns of ashed incense.
she plays the harp, but only for her
does it sound clear enough.
—  “Demure Goddess”, A.V.