Over the seasons of my sixties

and unwillingly

suddenly silent

no wonders spark in my visual brain.

But a reason why’s no wonder.

For so many years schooled

into naming everything

words and sounds categorize the world

and wordify my senses.

Precipice, for instance,

with its sliced peaks.

And acrid’s encaustic, that bite on my tongue.

Even blench

somehow leaves me paler

and more livid than before.

But there are descents into being speechless

for reasons besides pathology.

Although these may not seem any reason

or even be

reason enough, to many,

who believe only talking out pain aloud

makes sense.

Sensible or senseless

I know when shutting up is preventive.

or at least is less insane

than trying to be heard

by those inured to hurting

or being hurtful

when they indeed would rather hurt me

than pay heed, having heard me.

But if silence as you claim

overspeaks the chattering air

why do you refuse

to hear all I cannot use

my voice to say.


  1. Yes, Pam has always been a wonderfully gifted poet and writer and more. She keeps finding new gifts as she moves along.
    Also painter and folk artist, to name a few. She is too LOVABLE, how could anyone not love Pamela


  2. Dear Sami,
    Thank you for appreciating this simply as a POEM…I love that you can hear and see all that I did here with the words themselves…Yes, I did use each one very very consciously, for instance implying synesthesia with those first three words etc. but it seems to me that you, out of very few readers, have understood, and perhaps taken the time to read it outloud so you could HEAR this and get the poem…THANK YOU!

    and Dear Alaina,

    I Am so sorry that you too have felt so very invisible, even when for perhaps this has sent you silent…It is a strange thing, that the more silent you are, also the less visible…I dunno why that is. but it seems that you have to make noise in this world for people to see you!

    I hope you are feeling a bit better these days. Would love to hear from you one day! Take care,



  3. I have been mute
    though no one noticed
    so complete
    was my aloneness

    A primal scream
    falling in a forest
    makes no sound
    without ears to hear


  4. You are A POET, Pamela !!! Thank you for sharing this. Some words were difficult from me, as a non-native english speaker, Nevertheless, the poetic spirit is so strong my friend. You are so clever. Take good care of yourself. Sami


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