we sometimes reject ideas;
not every light-bulb is sacred.
When lips purse to form words
Ur-Editor weighs value against defect;
attempts to predict impact,
long-term effect on reputation;
and decides Yea or Nay.
Unlike pen and keyboard speaking threatens finality;
no undo; no rewrite.
brilliant as unfiltered stars;
dank as stagnant mosquito ponds,
to lips and tongue;
without waking Ur-Editor.
Phrases too honest for public consumption
into conversing ears
Listeners turn open mouthed, silent,
toward the speaker
who scans the questioning faces
Orginally posted September 21, 2008