Poetry Slam

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Poetry slams 
mean “who are you” or “who I am” 
a paragraph long or words by six 
a stranglehold around my throat 
or words that flow, suppressing the choke 
a sudden moment of revelation 
or well conceived word agitation 
aggressive flow on unencumbered tongue 
or quivering lips exhausting my punctured lungs 
powerful words in building tone 
or demoralizing silence from a crowd of one 
Poetry slams can hurt you deeply 
if you let your words creep out weakly  
taste the essence of the room 
and bring your mind and heart exhumed 
enter the moments where they can hear 
the triumph glowing and the silencing of fears. 

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