if I say nothing

if I say nothing
keep this heart sewn closed
as my mouth

if I just speak

if I
just speak

if I just
speak

my eyes their truth

and voice
frames no words

for you to spin

if I say nothing
you
force words in my mouth

rough and bitter

not tasting
of anything I would say

and I will
spit them out

back to you

justifying anger

I did not shape

from the beginning

silence is not enough

it is time
for these feet to move

where you will not follow

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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20 Responses to if I say nothing

  1. Rhonda says:

    better that those feet left, not to be followed, but one day….

  2. paulaacton says:

    I love this one I have been there, those first steps so hard but needed and if I hadn’t i might not be sat here reading this now

  3. Yes. A worthy determination, I would imagine. We all deserve happiness, yes?

  4. nelle says:

    And don’t look back!

  5. Close encounters of the painful type……when mind/heart disengage, feet need to move – beyond a difficult present – travelling light, with hope, openness and forgiveness. Pole sana, Susan!

  6. Green Speck says:

    Painful and intense !!!

  7. there’s a strange spectre in these lines!

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  9. So much hurt, so intense. I’ve been there and back, thank God. Glad you wrote this

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