Silence says more than speech. A minute’s pause
Can hold a Bible’s worth of love and wrath
And say both yes and no at once, because—
Thought stillness always moves—we choose its path.
Silence means more than speech. Words pin things down
Till they explain away the mystified,
While silence grins like a demented clown
At definitions, till they run and hide.
Silence hurts more than speech. The longer it
Goes on, the more it wounds, like a long knife
Driven up from your belly bit by bit
Until it finds your heart and takes your life,
Sickens your faith till it's a worthless cheat,
And poisons love until it's rotten meat.
Copyright 2017 Matthew J Wells