psalm 4+

here’s an answer to answers
don’t answer back
a bright patrol
along the question coast
scans for escapees
so in the meantime
do not respond especially
do not answer back
for this line of forensic answering
piles layers of liars on lies
it’d be better to make
examples of them
hogtied in pulpits at crossroads
exposed to the elements
but this is no antidote
to words
one word can’t
unpoison another
at these glazed intersections
signs unmistakably cogent
loll among the horrors of too
many answers
an opus
of rapid gesticulations
will not soften them
the quizz show host’s exasperated
the studio’s on fire
while the audience at home
podcasts truculent streams
agog with desire and opportune