Six Seconds, poem by Mike Lafontaine

what do you have to say for
your­self
you say noth­ing
what can you say
words will either
save your rela­tion­ship
or doom it
but silence
is key
you say noth­ing
do you have
some­thing to say
to me
you don’t
you feel noth­ing
more than noth­ing
you feel ill
you feel like a child
want­i­ng to be left
alone
not inter­ro­gat­ed
you say noth­ing

I hate you
she says
you look at her
you smile inside
you have been
giv­en an out
do you take it
though
will she haunt you
or could you be
with­out her
that’s the choice
you have and you have
exact­ly six sec­onds to
make it.

Mike Lafontaine has lived in the Unit­ed King­dom, Cana­da and the Unit­ed States. He has had a lot of crap­py jobs and some good ones; he seems to attract women with men­tal prob­lems. He has loved and lost; lost hope and regained it. He earned a (BA) Bach­e­lor of Arts in Dra­ma, Writ­ing and Per­for­mance and then a (MA) Mas­ters Degree in Cre­ative Writ­ing from Mac­quar­ie Uni­ver­si­ty. He cur­rent­ly lives in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia with his girl­friend and their dog Lloyd.

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