When Silence is the Only Answer

When Silence is the Only Answer

Do not think, even
for a moment,
that I remain silent
because of some false
remnant of childhood
shyness, or some relic
of awkward social
amenities.

I have remained still
while you have forcefully
thrown your hard edged
bricks of chosen
ignorance at my feet.
Built an impenetrable wall,
far too exhausting
to climb over.

Will leave you now,
alone, completely enclosed
by your mindless hatred,
and go in search
of someone else, someone
who. at least, is not
afraid to hear the voice
of another.

Elizabeth Crawford  4/13/2018

Note: Image is a Photo Kali: photograph of the river, taken in my niece’s backyard then put through the kaleidoscope app.

Poem is posted at Waiting for Words: word for day 13 is silent
https://claudetteellinger.wordpress.com/

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Loves words and language. Dances on paper to her own inner music. Loves to share and keeps several blogs to facilitate that. They can be found here: http://1sojournal.wordpress.com/ https://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/ http://claudetteellinger.wordpress.com/
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5 Responses to When Silence is the Only Answer

  1. bwarren says:

    Well penned, Elizabeth. This poem speaks to me of integrity. It isn’t always easy to remain silent, but sometimes it is the only choice left. I love your final thoughts.

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  2. annell4 says:

    I love your words, silent on the page, but speak loudly to me.

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  3. Sherry Marr says:

    Silence is wise, when confronted by a closed mind…..no use wasting energy.

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  4. Marianne says:

    Only a very strong woman can remain silent in times of chaos. It is not an easy solution but sometimes, it is the best course of action.

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  5. Pamela says:

    Silence is golden as they say, Elizabeth. I struggle with this often. Nice write.

    Love,
    Pamela

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