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  • WORDS ARE CHEAP, we say. One picture is worth a thousand words. Silence is golden. But words aren’t cheap. They are very precious. They are like water, which gives life and growth and refreshment, but because water has always been abundant, we treat it cheaply.

    — Katherine Paterson, A Sense of Wonder.

    I sense no poverty so sorely
    As having no words to speak.
    I stand in the Forum
    Speechless – the fire’s gone out.

    But a few snickers in the gallery
    Throw fresh coal into the firebox.
    Speechless? Ha!!
    My steam pressure gauge
    Slips like lightning
    Into the red zone...

    And the safety valve pops.
    Now you’re talkin’, boyo!
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