National Poetry Day_Poem 3_Ariel

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She opens her mouth

Wide

Calling out to him

Except

No words come out

 

She sacrificed her ability to speak

So she could call herself his

Answer to his name, become him.

Words seemed so

trivial then.

Lips were meant for kissing, eating, humming

 

Until there came a time

When she had something to say

When she needed to be heard

 

Only,

She cannot speak

She sacrificed expression

For wanton submission

Allowing his words to do her talking

 

Still,

There’s always sign language

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Oyinkan Braithwaite

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