"Please Lose My Phone Number" by Charles Joseph


It’s hard keeping 

my mouth shut 


when all I want to do

is tell you—


how I can see through

your fake smile


and your palm in my hand 

like a dead fish handshake


but deep down I know 

that everything & anything 


from my mouth to your ears 

will certainly be wasted


and I don’t waste words

I write them down and move on 


while you comb the blank spaces

of your feeble mind


wondering why I don't call, write, 

or speak to you anymore 


when all you have to do

is TRY 


to reach out and touch someone 

other than yourself