Words are complex lovers.
When you give voice to them.
After you’ve left the warmth of their embrace,
They can unknowingly betray you.
Despite the best intentions,
Their mere utterance
Makes your heart a social experiment,
Your emotions fodder for curious conversation,
And your thoughts
The very rocks the crowd will later use to stone you.
In the interest of self-preservation,
I take unspoken words that have swelled
Into a massive tumor on my tongue
And shove them back down my throat,
An attempt to choke
The feeling out of them.
Rather than call it what it is,
Determined to starve the subject
Until the point is moot,
I press mute.
Many unexpressed words, lacking purpose,
Are destined to perish.
A Higher Voice will verbalize their truth.
Yet other muted words do neither.
Those tortured, silenced remarks
Gnaw at your insides,
And by His grace,
If they bear any healing or redemptive power,
Those words will stubbornly break free.
He will give them a platform to breathe.
And your muted, anguished soul
Will finally be at liberty
SheryLeigh is a woman who loves God, words, and people. She is currently living and loving as an author, blogger, poet, and spoken word artist in the Washington, D.C., area. A communicator by education and trade, SheryLeigh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Howard University and a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University.
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