I was trying to speak

And the first word was “please”

Like a snake through my teeth

It was shaking and shuddering

Tongue barely pushing it

Please

Was the name of it

Violent and withering

Opening up in an animal train

Harking back to the last time

A mammoth were seen

Please

Yielding meaning you’d grasp

If you fractured it

Begging and needing but really

Demanding

If all that I have is the action of saying it

Please

Please

Please

Let it be heard and mean

Something

Please

Was the word

Given babies to suck on

If ever a favor were earned

This should follow it

So when we’re grown and we’re stuck

We still moan with it

Please

Hard to say and a comfort to roll in it

Begging by pleasure

Appeasing in pain

Shatter away and give up on it

Words needn’t mean

Anything