Tuesday, June 29, 2010

speech(less)

there are those
that lost their voice,
not like some quarter
slipped down the corner
of the couch,
quickly forgotten,
no they are forgotten.

these are those
that lost their voice,
but got something to say,
more than the words
etched on cardboard
in black magic marker
you see on the
side of the road.

hungry children,
beaten wife,
lost their job,
misplaced life,
one time addict,
mental strife,
broken soldiers,
your neighbor who sits home alone because her family forgot her...

there are those
that lost their voice,
take a moment of silence
now stretch it out,
wrapping yourself
in their cold, wet blanket...

and SPEAK...

long and loud
with how you treat them
giving voice back
to their hollow lips...
...because there is
no if, but when
you will lose yours own,
and come begging for someone to speak for you.

100 comments:

Steven Anthony said...

this one is very powerful! I understand all to well the feeling of not being heard.....powerful, sad...truth.

Goofball said...

sometimes you can make us speechless
and give us much food for thought on how we treat/notice the people around us

liza said...

Reaching out is so important...on both parts. Your poems are filled with so much compassion and empathy. I never tire of reading them and secretly doing a jig for being the first to comment.

liza said...

Well, i was the first untill goofball and Steve-O beat me...rats!

Roxy said...

Powerfully written! I see their suffering, I hear their voices through their distant eyes. Thank you for sharing this.

Brian Miller said...

ha, thanks liza...so close. smiles.

steven, think you got heard today. your story was wicked powerful...matter of fact any one commenting after this should go read it...

goofball, some days i am smacking myself around for not doing it enough...

Tina said...

Wow. Great message of compassion, clothed in carefully chosen words, crafted to speak so well for them. And encourage us to. Thanks.

Maggie said...

Sometimes we want to be heard, but we don't take the time to hear others and we have to remember that.

Katherine said...

What an emotive seed of thought you've planted this morning for me Brian. Their silence is deafening & there is so much that can be taken from their unspoken words, if only we all took the time to listen the wordless messages that our eyes see!!

Eva Gallant said...

You do have a way of getting to your readers!

The Urban Cowboy said...

Your words are a sad, but realistic reminder of so many that are living unable to be heard.

Great reminder to us all.

william said...

sometimes when we whisper people can hear, they just choose not to, excellent post friend :)

~ Tabitha ~ said...

Wow.

slommler said...

Yes and yes!!! We need to speak up for those who can't! So well said Brian!
Hugs
SueAnn

signed...bkm said...

very well said Brian, there are to many people and children that have no voice let us speak up for them ...let us be there voice....great read...bkm

Tom said...

always the voice of the unheard...you're speaking loud and clear

Tracy said...

That really is amazing, Brian. I wish everyone would look at others like you do in this wonderful poem.

kavisionz said...

that's one well-worded powerful poem! and very touching as well... too good!!!

TechnoBabe said...

My time at the homeless shelter taught me more than it hurt me. This is so wonderful to bring to the forefront for every single person to know some day it could be them.

Bernie said...

To have love one must give love and to have a friend one must frist be a friend.....:-) Hugs

Sam Liu said...

So wonderfully written, Brian, and so poignantly true; it is often a flaw of human nature that we prefer to ignore than solve.

Adam said...

People go through heart-wrench times in many ways. This piece is a lesson in empathy. Also has some very cool moments of lyrical flow.

Monkey Man said...

When I was young a neighborhood was filled with real neighbors who knew and looked after each other. Somewhere along the line we have forgotten how to be neighbors and allow mistrust to reign.

Daniel said...

You and I are in tune today with our posts. Similar theme of not giving of ourselves and then eventually finding ourselves on the other side.

Lorenzo said...

The ending brings it home. The golden rule writ knowingly and with feeling.

TALON said...

So achingly and sadly true, Brian. You say it so eloquently. We do take so much for granted.

Maha said...

I find the imagery and how real it is mesmerizing. The poem in its strength is utterly marvellous!

Fragrant Liar said...

Now that was powerful.

And now I'm scared... Hear me roar, people!

Is anybody there?

darsden said...

Awesome and so true You have given Voice through your words :-)

Tabor said...

You are pretty wise for being as young as you are. Someone had great parents!

Bonnie said...

So true!! A wake-up call.

5thsister said...

I am sensing a theme among my blogging friends these past couple of weeks. Thank you for this post for I have been there...the one whose voice wasn't heard.

The Retired One said...

Absolutely, Brian. Now, excuse me while I go and make a few phone calls to some people who I am sure wait for the phone to ring...
thanks for reminding me of this!!!

lakeviewer said...

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Darn, if it isn't true~!

Luisa Doraz said...

I do my very best to treat others like I want them to treat me. :) With a smile. :) Have a great week. :)

buttercup600 said...

What a wake-up call...and very powerful. So enjoy what you do :)

AngelMay said...

This one hits home with me, Brian. Very good.

secret agent woman said...

Sometimes I think helping people re-find their voice is the most important part of my work.

Drahdrah said...

Oh my goodness Brian, so powerful... have you ever lost your voice? It's amazing how you can empathize Brian, not everyone can.

sheila said...

AWESOME! I couldn't agree more. Can you imagine what a wonderful world it would be if those that lost their voice had someone to speak for them? To them? Bravo Brian, bravo.

Gary said...

My first thought about this was to connect it to those who are Deaf and 'speak' with their hands (a natural connection given my occupation) but as I read realized your point and then revisited my initial thought. I think sometimes the deaf would perhaps fit into the folk you describe. Once again, well done and thoughtful.

Heartspell said...

So true.. compassion for others is not wasted... you could be the only bright spot i a lifetime of darkness. And we all die our own death alone. Maybe past compassions will at least light the way for us, when our voice can no longer be heard. So well said, as always. Heartspell

Magpie said...

I do try and think about how I impact people's lives everyday. But sadly, it's easy to get caught up and become blind and deaf to others' suffering. Great job, Brian.

Magic of Spice said...

Just great!

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Meeko Fabulous said...

So powerful! And so true. Why do we shun these people?

Help! Mama Remote... said...

Excellent! (Standing to my feet) I'm speechless.

PattiKen said...

Wow! That is beautifully powerful and thought-provoking. And a nice companion for my Maslow post.

Deidra said...

"...no if, but when..." so much truth in those four words.

A Blogoddess' Tale said...

After a month of NOT reading your blog....my soul has now been renewed. You are a gentle giant...both a literary giant and a man with a giant heart. All I can say in response: Amen, Amen, Amen. HUGS for that beauty.

Joanna Jenkins said...

You said this very well Brian. I spend a lot of time at a nursing home where so many people have been forgotten by their family. It's sad.

jj

She Writes said...

giving voice back
to their hollow lips.

nicely said

moondustwriter said...

It is powerful and beautiful way to give those without the means - a voice

LadyFi said...

Powerful, motivating - wonderful! Reaching out, kindness - such important parts of being human.

Ocean Girl said...

Powerful and a little scary :)

Alan Burnett said...

Powerful and moving Brian. An important read.

Valerie said...

Thought provoking and moving Brian. So sad, too.

magiceye said...

beautifully versed!

Just Be Real said...

Wo-----

Just as the title says, I am "speechless." Great one Brian. Blessings.

Lorraine said...

a beautiful sentiment Brian...very hearbreaking

California Girl said...

very moving, Brian. it makes the statement and would certainly be something to publish on a card a poster etc. with an image to match.

blueviolet said...

There but for the grace of God...

CM said...

So true. What else can I say that you haven't said here? Good reminder for us.

Mr. Stupid said...

We tend to ignore rather than hear. Beautiful writing, Brian.

R. J. said...

How very observant of you to recognize the lost souls of this life. I really like this poem; it's very inspiring and sensitive.

Selina Kingston said...

You're so right Brian. Yet again you have touched me and I now, I am feeling guilty

steviewren said...

You've given me something powerful to think about Brian.

Vicki Lane said...

Thanks for speaking for the voiceless one. A good reminder for all of us...

Paul C said...

You provide a poignant voice for the powerless and lonely here. Well done.

AmyLK said...

This reminds me that I need to reach out to my aunt and uncle as they need someone there. Lovely words Brian!

Barbara said...

Brian, that was lovely. And so important to be said. Florida is awash in the old and forgotten.

Jill said...

...now I must act upon your NOT so subtle lesson Brian.

Susan Deborah said...

Sometimes voices in the head won't leave us alone if we don't listen.

Joy always,
Susan

buffalodick said...

When I quit my job, I found I was the one to get people to talk. I have very little interaction with former customers and co-workers...

Bossy Betty said...

Gorgeous, powerful and true!

drybottomgirl said...

Thank you for the reminder of this important life lesson. For a while I lost my voice, and slowly through AA I'm finding it. Thanks for your blog which is part of my recovery!

island of peace said...

i so agree with you.

Menina said...

Oof. Very striking message. As always, I enjoy reading your refined posts

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Enchanted Oak said...

Yes, Brian. We need to practice empathy because the speechless ones are easy to overlook, and one day we'll be them.

Mama Zen said...

This is one of your best, Brian.

Syd said...

There are so many without voices in the world today. I think that Nature herself needs us as a strong voice to defend and protect.

Jannie Funster said...

Most beautiful, heart-breaking, true powerful poem I may ever have read.

Bravo!!

xo

Anonymous said...

Well said.





Starla

Stafford Ray said...

Made me think of the many whose voices are not heard becaue they are so distant and where we live.
Commuting is OK until you can't. Then, too late, we wonder why we are so far from those we used to see and hear and love. Timely message for me!

tori said...

Brian this is so powerful and beautiful.

Prulletje said...

ow wow, well said !

Nessa said...

There are so many broken people in the world. And you speak so beautifully for them.

Mighty M said...

If every one of us could show compassion for people who are hurting, what a powerful, wonderful world this would be.

Ed Pilolla said...

very interesting thoughts here. dig the way you zig and zag with your pieces.

Mmm said...

Powerful and so well put in deed Brian.

samanthayeh said...

touching ~ as always. your writing never ceases to stun or captivate me.

ds said...

Thank goodness they have you to speak for them. And so beautifully!
Thank you for your words and the unspoken reminder/responsibility they carry.

Jen said...

So many times we let others convince us that it's none of our business and we do nothing...

ishabellemanalo said...

what a socially relevant poem.... it makes me look around my surroundings and think if i am able to lend my voice to those who have lost theirs.... :)

Marla said...

Brian, I love this. Love it!! I can't wait for Bob to read this one. It's helped me to remember some things I forgot lately. Excellent.

jake said...

It's an imperative that we treat others with dignity and do whatever is possible for them when they need. You're entirely right that we'll find ourselves in a place of need at some point or another and when we do, wouldn't it be nice to know that we've already been there for someone else? I think so.

Birdie said...

and I thought nothing could beat Sam and the little boy tonight ... but I was wrong! you have a big and beautiful heart Brian!

finallygettingtoeven.com said...

What a wonderful way to remind us all of the weak and powerless left behind in this great big world. Thanks for another thought provoking poem.

Anonymous said...

WOW! that is amazing! thank you!