soundless

it is said
               that in the courting stage
that the man
                does most of the talking.

when the male and female
                begin living together
                or
                get married
the female
                begins to talk more
and as the affair continues
the male
                talks less and less
and
it is said
                that in many cases
the male
               goes entirely into
silence
he is
               like some dumb beast
               with his tongue sliced
away
               forever.