Safe Speech

We shut the door. No windows. Soundsoaking walls.
No mobiles. Freshly-swept. And only those
cleared to the highest level know where we are.

Now we can talk, at last. What shall we say?
Who’s bribing whom? Or who’s building a Bomb?
Or which mad bunch of terrorists is plotting how

to maim or slaughter in the name of God?
Or shall we sit in silence, while we wait -
like lovers when the world stops, just for them -

for words to realise they’ve been uncaged
since there’s only you and me to fear, or snare?
But with nowhere to fly in this free air.

Tom Vaughan

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