Coward (a poem)

Everything you can’t say
Everything you can’t do
Withholding is a strength
Sidestepping an art

Limp, ineffectual
Flaccid, posturing
Shining, glimmering
In brief attentions

Contributing nothing
Taking all
Refusing while
Basking in rays

Gluttonous, sanctimonious
Pious excuse of a man
Do what you do best
Hide, insisting friends

Christina Schmidt, MA
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