Detail from Fra Angelico, Annunciation
It's a hard word to swallow; it leaves a lump.
It neither goes down nor comes up.
Its simplicity is shocking: it's neither long
nor difficult, nor is it
the first time you've used it.
It must have waited for your mouth
like glass in jam. You spoke it trustingly
without checking first.
It's sharp with consequence;
you cough, regret.