Hushed by Keana Águila Labra

“Soft-spoken”, as an insult
used to slap sense into my cheeks
(in one ear and out the other,
my gaze tracing the clouds)
eyes without accuracy leave yours
out of reach:

“there is no pride in quiet”.

Screaming does nothing for me
I’ve enough of the voices in my head
“soft-spoken” as others trample
the few utterances before
they’re lodged into my throat
“soft-spoken” before

I’m no longer heard
until I’m no longer seen.

*Previously published by Rose Quartz Magazine

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