knots tighten,
heaviness settles,

whispers disappear,
between breaths,

life insists, pleads, placates,

dismissing meagre pangs, of blocked sentences, unfinished paragraphs,

wrecked passages,

dispelling paltry rhymes,

coiling, asphyxiating,

strangling vowels,
splitting nouns,

searching, perennially vigilant,

against,

the cacophony of mediocrity …