Speak slowly and softly
don’t make any sudden moves.
You’re bound to startle
everyone in the room.
Choose your words with caution
choose your tone with care.
You don’t do this the way
that everybody else does.
You speak words almost backwards
the way some would take them in.
As if you were eating them
and tasting them pass through your lips.
You savor them slowly and gently
recognizing each for what it is.
You do not spew them hastily
so they end up there on the floor.
It takes you time to prepare them
in the order they should be heard.
With attention to detail
you lay them out in neat little rows.
This is not for you
but for your audience.
It never sounds to them
the way it does to you.
When you speak words with haste
it looks like paint spilled on the floor.
in a color that shouldn’t be there.
When you fail to take your time
the lines are simply scribbles on a page.
Chaos ensues and no one knows
exactly what they see.