Dancing On Thin Ice                                                                                                                                     

Word fall. Leaf fall. 
There is no silence 
deeper than apathy. 
No pause longer
than time's full stop.

Linguistic pool players 
hustling language
for lost meaning.
Spinning a line
off the verbal cush.

A stumble of tongues. 
Scuffs of steel blade on ice.
Swarfs of meaning 
curl cold and sharp 
from tired snow.