Silence me not

Celebrate World Poetry Day with this poem by Fidelma Saevaru

I used sit in silence. 
Watch from a tiny distance. 
Pretend I was deaf to the things I heard. 
Wished I was blind to the stuff I saw. 
Denied strong emotions to what I felt. 
That was before. 

Today I know the plight of silence. 
A bashed-up wife, 
A beaten daughter, 
Son out of control, 
Family in chaos, 
Community in detest, 
Stranger in the neighbourhood, 
Item of gossip groups. 
Those are the ripples of silence.
Tomorrow, I gain my voice 
My ears all hearing, 
My eyes all seeing 
My feelings attentive, 
My mind discerning, 
My tongue filed.
Master Silence I no longer tolerate. 
To him I cease to bow. 
His reign I will forever end, 
A captive I shall be no more. 
Silence me not. 
I have gained my voice for sure. 
Setting me free and others too.

Published by Ples Singsing

Ples Singsing is envisioned to be a new platform for Papua Niuginian expressions of creativity, ingenuity and originality in art and culture. We deliberately highlight these two very broad themes as they can encompass the diverse subjects, from technology, medicine and architecture to linguistics, music, fishing, gardening et cetera. Papua Niuginian ways of thinking, living, believing, communicating, dying and so on can cover the gamut of academic, journalistic or opinionated writing and we believe that unless we give ourselves a platform to talk about and discuss these things in an open, free and non-exclusively academic space that they may remain the fodder for academics, journalists and other types of writers alone. New social media platforms have given every individual a personal space to share their feelings and ideas openly, sometimes without immediate censure. The Ples Singsing writer’s blog would like to provide another more structured platform for Papua Niuginian expressions in written, visual and audio formats while also providing some regulation of the type and content of materials to be shared publicly.

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