i imagine you rest on your laurels easily

dictionary of excuses at the ready

compendium of caustic jabs at the tip of your tongue

yet for all that i wonder if it’s your definition

or just a bastardized use you’ve casually adopted

too lazy to let anyone examine your etymology closer

or are you afraid? are you actually reclusive inside?

what a story for the ages that would make

if you didn’t protect yourself against slippery rogues

and someone divulged your innermost secret

fighting words with words creates a need for silence

quiet is out of place in a battlefield

but my wit is ready-sharpened and bright

in defense of the end of roguery, en garde