A Word to Silence

msquared's picture

[I'm submitting this poem to a local writing/art contest, so any comments or constructive criticism would be snazzy wazzy. Thanks!]

You are a steady killer who cannot confess.
Mouth taped shut and eyes wide open,
Your hand (flying, dying, crying all soundlessly)
Has made murder a circumstance,
A footnote—a fact sleeping in trivia.
(Music of truth, we’re bound to never hear you)
I ask you constantly, somewhere between
Eardrum and reality, your motives,
Your meditations and quietly
The reason for your wordless season;
Why you don’t believe in freedom,
Why you never fight for change;
Why your tongue takes lives of innocents,
Why your lies all sound the same.
But all I perceive is your trademarked quote—
“ .”
I don’t know why I expected more,
Why I ever chose to listen to you
Silence, secret silence, stabbing silence.
Let me break you by saying
I can stand your pseudo-sound no longer.
You are a jailer of justice,
A famine of freedom,
An engine to your own evil—
A creeping killer with shameless eyes.
Causeless convict of mankind,
You’re the mastermind of genocide;
You’ve shattered with shadows
And you’ve taken with pride.
And the worst part is
You’ve done so with no mercy, not
A touch of regret within your airy veins,
Because silence has no emotion,
No tear to soundlessly thunder
Down the atmosphere of its face.
But I swear by every ounce of quiet
This broken world has to offer,
One day I’ll make you speak;
One day I’ll force you to realize
The truth murmuring in your depths—
That no worse fate can the human soul inherit
Than to die by careless silence.


Angry Kitten's picture

Thank you.

I just wanted to tell you that I shared this poem at our Breaking the Silence Event today at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Your words meant a good deal to me and touched my heart. Thank you.

the ghost's picture


I really like this(I know I always say that)but I just really like the overall message of it.Good look in the competition!

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent-Eleanor Roosevelt