Zelda's Inferno exercise: "i have sacrificed my dignity for the right word"

Zelda's Inferno exercise: write a wordlist poem, using at least half of the following words:

dignity obstruction frustration stuck
overwhelming peace chasm silence
apoplexy empty daunted fortitude
oyster sputtering

i have sacrificed my dignity for the right word

sputtering and apoplectic
a stuck mechanism
the toilet that won't stop running
the cylinder that keeps misfiring
too many words trying to crowd through the door all at once
mutual obstruction
then they all stop to let the other one go first
a four-way stop sign where every driver yields

in frustration I wave my hands and look to the ceiling and speak nonsense syllables
writer's blue balls
until the word comes

a little death
a moment of overwhelming silent peace
leaving me empty

but i keep coming back for more

Random thought: She's put googly eyes on my heart.


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