Talk Is Cheap

        Talk is cheap as it comes these days
        whether crude insult or false praise,
        each shriek and whisper, every squawk
        with promise, words scratched out in chalk
        to be erased as castaways.
        I can’t get past my weak clichés
        to market my discount wordplays.
        when all I do’s devalue talk —
                        Talk is cheap.
        Longer words cheapen their phrase,
        while adding words still fails to raise
        the worth of chat I look to hawk.
        No talk is worth a tenth its walk
        that selling out my word repays —
                        Talk is cheap.



by maggie with sara


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