4b

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.
Abraham Lincoln? Mark Twain? Possibly the Bible.
The point is, sometimes the weight of everything there is to say
stifles the need to say it
for example, you’d think
to hear me carrying on,
I had a pretty good idea
what graphene was
you might be impressed by the way I flip it casually
into the middle of our faltering discussion
about water wars
but come on – you know as well as I do
I don’t know the first thing about graphene
what is it? some kind of atomic material?
anyway, the point is,
what it really makes me think of
is pencils

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