Recycling words

You think I steal your words
And it’s true
I suck them from your mouth
As you sleep
Then hang them to dry
In my mind
As the letters drip
Into form
Emerging as stanzas
Hiding in haikus
Suffering in sonnets
I keep your words close
Feeding them until they are fat
and ready
To pop on my tongue
And spill over
Onto clean pages
Ravenous for attention
From eyes
For ears
Craving mouths
Where words as sweet as yours
Can live and breathe
Once again

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