I am wooden

 

 

I am wooden, but not hollow
like the chipped house that you sleep in

I am hardened, but not brittle
like the plastic plate from which you sup

I am sickened, but not dying
like flowers on your mantle, trembling
at the darkness of the hole in the side of your gut

 

I am banal, but not token
like the smoke in your mouth
and the air in your lungs

 

I am quiet, but not unheard
like the plea of your guilt
and the sorrow in your heart