Silence Will No Longer Ring in My Ears

I will not be silent

I will not maintain the peace

I will say the ugly words

out loud and I will not flinch

Murder

Rape

Incest

Stalking

Harassment

Discrimination

Domestic Violence

Mansplaining

Discounted simply because we are women

 

To find our voices as women

to speak our truth

is a revolutionary act

that says that your voice

her voice

their voices

my voice

Matter

Count

Have weight

Deserve to be heard

Are valid

 

If my refusal to be silent

Makes me a bitch

A shrew

A ball-breaker

Then I will be loudest damn badass bitch that I can be

 

Silence leaves us to blame ourselves in isolation

Silence benefits only those who have hurt us

Silence has been the noose around my neck

The soul ache of my pent-up screams of rage

Every 13th story window I have considered walking out of

 

How fucked up is that?!

 

ยฉ 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray โ€“ All rights Reserved

 

46 thoughts on “Silence Will No Longer Ring in My Ears

  1. Reblogged this on itsallaboutnothingg and commented:
    Christime Ray is an amazing poet. Her poems always have this scalding heat which will burn you if you are in the wrong, Illuminate if you are in the dark. This is one of them. An amazingly well written piece!! Visit her blog for some more mind stunning works.

    Liked by 1 person

      1. As is the cost of silence and you’ve said it brilliantly, as usual, that the biggest way we are complicit in our own defeat is to stay silent about things.
        Those who wish to oppress need dark and quiet to do so. Therefore light and truth are the only paths to victory. Have a great day, Christine!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. True that is..to keep silence and let yourself to be played and be the victim. You can only choose not to be the one. Very nicely worded and the message is clear and empowering.

    Like

    1. I struggled with the decision to post your response. To be a survivor is to have lived through something traumatic, something soul changing, where you had no power through circumstance or design by something or someone external. All survivors were once victim of something out of their complete control– “played” seems like very loaded language.

      Like

      1. Thank you for considering my comment and to post it. I can`t say that i can understand the pain you have gone through, but to me writing is one way to vent out and to reach and to salve the wounds of others. Looking forward for more from you.

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s