Canned Speeches
    Footnotes

    “Canned Speeches,” New Era, Aug. 1983, 22

    Canned Speeches

    I wanted to say something

    wonderful but the words

    ran together like water-

    colors in the rain and

    turned muddy grey, the bright,

    new thoughts that colored my

    mind. So I opened a tin

    can of stale talk

    and smoothly blurted precooked

    answers that faded in the air.