by Kadek Sonia Piscayanti

what is a mouth

without a tongue

what is a woman

without a tongue

what is a never uttered word

what is a never heard word

what is a no word from a no tongue woman

what is a tongueless woman for

she is for nobody

nobody for she is

she is for she is

with or without a tongue

a man kept it in a jar with salty water

for years

that tongue afloat on the water’s surface

as to tell you tale

about a man who cut off the tongue from the mouth of the woman he loves

and that woman still loves him too

though she is tongueless

what is love for tongue

what is tongue for love

they are equal for nobody

but equal to somebody

who believes

that tongue is love

and love is tongue


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