Lines West: July 12

Hollow Man

The laughter from his mouth

rings as false as the other sounds

that emanate from it,

the pained brow,

the quizzical incomprehension

that follows from the pain of others,

the tiny doses of almost-concern

that he measures out when necessary,

and the fragile words of self-aggrandizement

so easily shattered they tinkle

like broken ornaments

to be swept into a pan and discarded

— Steve Hight

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