Your Voice Reversed

You can go anywhere as someone else,

the masks and jesters play

invisible to sound and touch

the Lords and Creatures pray


To rent the future—sell the past,

the landlord still unnamed

invulnerable to what they sell

the real prize still unclaimed


To cry out once your voice reversed

lone echo at your back

the Landed Gentry comes and goes

—the crossroads blackest cat


(The New Room: April, 2022)

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