The Statement

Julien Tatham

Talking with you people
is like playing a game with
a bunch of sad mosquitoes
who just won’t die.

Is there anything
in this world you
cannot negate?

I asked if the kids had
dropped off the letters
without being noticed and
you could’ve just said yes,
but you chose to say
they weren’t indiscreet.

Like the time I asked if
I was the girl of your dreams,
and you chose to tell me
I was not a nightmare.
That’s like saying
blessed are the rich,
because they are not poor.
Well, you know what I mean.

You say it is not unreasonable
as long as one is not offensive

but when I asked your lawyer
about your written statement,
he chose to tell me it was
something even a dunce couldn’t
misunderstand
, but at least,
he had enough decency to say it
in a way that wasn’t condescending.

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