Muteness

By KR

America
For over half
of my natural existence
in this world
I’ve lingered
In sullen silence
Slowly withering away
like a dandelion without water
Battling the cruelty
of solitary confinement
Which equates
to a sophisticated form
of no-touch torture
and subliminal violence
But simply because I occupy
this small confined space
in repressed silence
doesn’t mean I don’t have
anything to say
about this inhumane fashion
of psychological abuse
you continue to force
me to embrace….
Muteness.

5 Comments

  1. ID on February 14, 2024 at 9:38 PM

    This is gut wrenching and so well written. I am thinking about you and sending you love. I really appreciate you sharing your experience.

  2. Alexander on February 14, 2024 at 9:40 PM

    That’s a powerful poem with incredible prose, and all the while being absolutely heartbreaking to read. Hang in there, KR. I’m rooting for you.

  3. Noriko Bell on February 15, 2024 at 8:53 AM

    Your words speak eloquently of your suffering, but not suffering in silence. They speak volumes about your isolation and the torture of solitary confinement. Thank you for writing. Please keep writing!

  4. Emily on February 17, 2024 at 12:46 PM

    This poem is so powerful it gave me chills when I read it, demanding attention to the pervasive nature of psychological abuse and the ways in which people are silenced and the cycle is perpetuated. Thank you for your words.

  5. Kait R. on February 18, 2024 at 5:21 PM

    Wow, this poem was touching. You use your words beautifully to describe your experience. You have a true gift!

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