Sounds Feel Trapped by Adrian Ernesto Cepeda

My tongue trips with familiar sounds
like a wingless butterfly keep flapping
inside the caverns of my raging throat.
This thunderous air won’t stop gasping
with my vocalized disease, I am trapped
outside, arms flail I feel myself stumble,

like an epileptic seizes with this stumble
humbling humiliation without sounds.
My mouth falters again, I feel trapped
as my lips like daggers keep flapping
spitting, teeth rattle breaths gasping,
every single syllables captured in throat.

Words like quicksand are jarred in my throat
my body jerks of freak with his stumble.
If I could only speak, feel myself gasping,
nothing appears just stuttering sounds
like a cartoon machine gun flapping,
even my exclamation points feel trapped.

Stuck behind this podium why I am trapped?
As my stammer rages inside my throat,
my lips feel like butterflies caught flapping.
My bumbling voice creeps with my stumble
Porky Pig made more gracious sounds,
I’m not that cute when I’m air gasping

aloud, can feel the crowd gasping
for this invisible fool who feels trapped.
His lips cursing interference of sounds
caught inside my stuttering throat.
My body jerks I feel my face stumble
no words appear as my lips keep flapping.

Just mouthing words with some serious flapping
coughing out stale breaths, I’m nothing but gasping
my legs leap for syllables, I stumble.
My enemy is this Achilles tongue, I am trapped.
My words keep disappearing deep inside my throat.
These staring eyes deafens my stammering sounds.

This thunderous air continues gasping, I feel myself stumble;
my familiar stutter sounds like a wingless butterfly flapping,
these trapped words keep stammering inside my raging throat.


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Adrian Ernesto Cepeda is an LA Poet who is currently enrolled in the MFA Graduate program at Antioch University in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife and their cat Woody Gold. His poetry has been featured in The Yellow Chair Review, Thick With Conviction, Silver Birch Press and one of his poems was named Cultured Vultures’ Top 3 Poems of the Week.

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