expertise

upholstered tenacity,
the kind which clothes
in the presence of
compliments.
writhing,
like octopi
injected
with the shortness
of dare-deviled lives.

does it take one person,
a flat accusation,
a suggestion,
perhaps,
that you aren’t real?

what credibility,
in a phonebook of hundreds,
attorneys,
accountants,
actuaries,
convinces you to strip it down?

you made me a smoothie,
I liked it.
he didn’t.

you left it to curdle,
and mold balls bobbed
to a current stalled,
hitting the walls,
of a cheapened bottle.

how funny things get,
when we allow the experts
to hand out straightjackets
when you were the one
who taught them
how to work a fax machine.

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