Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry
Silence is a strenuous language
but we have chosen it.
A shut door, a shrug,
stone upon stone.
The stones have a history.
They were pulled from the rubble
of an earlier weekend
when words were still in use.
After each skirmish we retreat
to warm ourselves at a silence.
And still it’s cold.
Let the cold be our comfort!
This is the house that rancor built.
We live in fear.
A single word
could topple the walls.
Copyright 2015 Chana Bloch. From Swimming in the Rain: New and Selected Poems by Chana Bloch, published by Autumn House Press.
silence speaks even louder
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