In your not-speaking
that shout
twists in your throat.

Speak the snake
before you choke on it.

I am willing to sacrifice silence
for eventual peace.

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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  1. brian miller says:

    nice….your title could be a poem to peace itself…your poem though has great grit…and sometimes you have to go into the fight to get to the peace…that i do know….very nice…

  2. Mary says:

    Susan, I like this! To me, this sounds like some of the times I was dealing with teen-aged daughters!

  3. kelly says:

    speak that snake before you choke on it. wow. i love this.

    here’s to peace.

  4. Ain’t this the truth ~ I like the idea of snake (words of hate) choking our throats ~ Well done Susan ~

  5. ruleofstupid says:

    So true and sparingly shown. Nice work Susan.
    I died of a cardiac having grown fat on all the words I chocked back shielding my heart-sac!

  6. claudia says:

    I am willing to sacrifice silence
    for eventual peace…love this…it’s so true and sometimes such a hard way to go…but worth it..

  7. Loving that second stanza 🙂

  8. Laurie Kolp says:

    Love the word choices throughout and how this sounds read aloud.

  9. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    Amen to that!

  10. Kelvin S.M. says:

    ..oh, this brought a feeling of having a cold war within that home…in which i think already very common… In silence we find peace the same way as we find trouble or complications we can really never tell until one party decide to lose out and open up… Being humble enough is another issue that is always being questioned & misinterpreted… smiles..

    • Oh, that’s so true too. Cold wars can go on indefinitely–I think it is better for one person to eventually say–hey, I love you and need to hear what’s wrong, no matter what. Is usually worth the anger and tears to get back to that place.

  11. A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.
    ~William Shakespeare

    I love your short piece of poem. 🙂

    Say, check out what I just posted. (Update news 2013)

  12. Katie! says:

    Nice!! Especially liked the last two lines!!

  13. Yes…sometimes you need to sacrifice silence for peace.

  14. johncoyote says:

    I learn years ago. Silence is very good. Negative statements will be used against you in the near future. I like the poem.

    • Hi John!

      I agree, communication has its own risks, but if we can’t name our feelings and express them, then we will eventually choke on them. I take the risk knowing I am opening myself up to further hurt by doing so. Makes the environment less toxic 😉

  15. shewritesherenow says:

    YES! silence speaks. I love the final stanza.

  16. How succinctly you illustrate passive aggression. Terrific, Susan!

  17. I can relate to choosing to be quiet to keep the peace. Nice job

  18. danadampier says:

    “Speak the snake before you choke on it”… ah yes… I do agree. Get it out so we may move forth…

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  20. Tony says:

    If we can only know peace through hiding our thoughts and feelings, through refusing to say what’s on our hearts and minds, then the peace we are rewarded with is a poor thing indeed. Much better to go through the struggles to find real peace, I think. And you said all that so much better than I have, in many fewer words 🙂

  21. How so succintly and yet so powerfully you convey the dangers and corrosive effects of bottling things up, keeping emotions down and allowing all of this to slowly eat one up from inside!

    • Thank you, Noel–I think holding things in, holding back, is one of the deadliest things we can do to ourselves and our relationships, whatever they may be. Better to let it out and deal with it directly, IMHO.

      Hope you are rested after your travelling.

  22. Can I just add that in speaking out, one’s primary motive should be to free onseself and not to tie up and hurt the other. Easier said than done, though!

  23. Susan,
    Again. You pull up deep feelings with simple words. I shall speak the snake from my throat. There is so much to say.

    • Alice, thank you. When I wrote it I was thinking of something constricting the voice of the person the speaker was addressing, but it can means so much more than that. I love poetry.

  24. “that shout twists in your throat” is a brilliant, evocative phrase. Thanks for you kind words over at my blog. I’ve missed reading your work as I’ve barely had/got internet at the moment: I plan to sort that as a resolution for the new year, so hopefully I’ll become more active again soon. 🙂

  25. nelle says:

    I like this one a lot. Conversation and silence have their places; know when to use each.

  26. hypercryptical says:

    Wonderful choice of words (all).
    “Speak the snake
    before you choke on it.” (brilliant.)
    Excellent write Susan

    Anna :o]

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