silence, please.

I am here
in a hall
air-conditioned
and cramped
stinking of
people hiding
from
the hot sun

there is a man
a famous lawyer
they said
standing
on the dais
spilling out words
into a mic
in a
measured tone

and
there are people
using their phones
falling asleep
muttering
giggling
and a few
even listening

the man
on the dais
is saying
‘even
silence
has a lot of
varieties’

I say to him
in my head
I’d like silence
plain old silence
where
you say the word
and everyone
just
shuts their
mouths

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