Silence and speech


Silence may be golden

And silver, speech could be

Yet we’ve all seen frozen

Silence, reeking of hostility

Silence, out of misgiving born

Silence of anger burning within,

Seething, leaving innards torn,

Silence that feels like an unspoken sin.

Fear that chokes speech into silence,

Sealed lips that have been witness

To horrific, heinous violence

Minds, no longer able to express..


This is the silence that comes to my mind

It is not golden, of that I am sure

I will be happy when speech I can find

Words full of love and happiness pure. 

Published by iheart11

A 30-something year old woman, physician by profession, fiercely passionate about work, family, travel and fashion..

4 thoughts on “Silence and speech

  1. Striking image.

    Your poem is moving and got me thinking, imagining that sort of silence. It draws out a sort of thoughtful silence in me thinking about all the different kinds of silence. Really well done.

    Have you considered submitting some of your work to any literary publications? If you’re interested in the future – and forgive me if you already know this – most publications don’t accept poems that have already been published, and this includes anywhere on the internet, even your own blog. Just a thought if you haven’t had it already. 😉

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  2. Thank you for your words of encouragement. I have just started writing poems again and do not think I am ready to submit to a literary publication. Thanks for reminding me about duplication though.


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