#1
apart from you I’m dexterous
with my wit dipped in silver nitrate
my tongue delivers properly
what it is I want to say

a part of me gets twisted when
you’re fringe slips between my words
and the lips bulge over, the teeth grind
up

and I’m prone to explosions of genius when you’re not there
I’ll hold you responsible for that
‘cos when you come you cloud the picture I’m attempting to describe
you domesticise my alley cat

apart from you I’m liquid
suave, brevity and dashing
everything rolls out on time
and nothing clashes

a part of me gets blisters
when you rearrange my flash cards
I’m left to rely on simple signs
and words which can be hard

and I’m prone to explosions of genius when you’re not there
I’ll hold you responsible for that
‘cos when you come you cloud the picture I’m attempting to describe
you domesticise my alley cat

show up when I should be shutting up
shut me up before I blow up
no cadence could ever break my rhythm
but your voice always breaks my rhythm awkwardly

and I’m prone to explosions of genius when you’re not there
I’ll hold you responsible for that
‘cos when you come you cloud the picture I’m attempting to describe
you domesticise my alley cat