Her Silence is Deafening

Napowrimo 2018, Day 23, today’s (optional) prompt! Kate Greenstreet’s poetry is spare, but gives a very palpable sense of being spoken aloud – it reads like spoken language sounds. In our interview with her, she underscores this, stating that “when you hear it, you write it down.” Today, we challenge you to honor this idea with a poem based in sound. The poem, for example, could incorporate overheard language. Perhaps it could incorporate a song lyric in some way, or language from something often heard spoken aloud (a prayer, a pledge, the Girl Scout motto). Or you could use a regional or local phrase from your hometown that you don’t hear elsewhere, e.g. “that boy won’t amount to a pinch.”

She lives in a bubble,

Alone and unsure.

Shes watching others,

Their mouths move,

She can’t hear a sound.

They don’t want to engage her,

Because its hard work to do.

So they communicate without her,

Leaving her behind,

Trapped in her world.

A world of silent words,

Silent t.v screens,

Its a lonely place to be,

When no one trys to communicate,

No connections are made.

They think that shes naughty,

When she finally meltdowns.

Shes entirely overcome,

By those who should understand.

She just want them to talk to her,

Effort infused by love.

She feels trapped In a family,

She doesn’t feel part of.

Lost silent girl.

Her silence is deafening.

By Katie Haigh

©️KATIEHAIGH 23/04/18

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Subhajit Sanyal says:

    Heart-wrenching rendition! How effective are the painted images… “she’s watching others/ their mouths move” and more! So, touching!

  2. samba2017 says:

    An honest and touching post

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