Let’s be very quiet
this year — no words.

If there’s an answer called for,
let our askers wait for it.

If they insist,
we should walk away.

If we cannot walk away,
let’s stare back without a sound

and watch them wriggle
in their seats,

trying to figure out 
how they’ll get by

without us engaged
in answering only

the questions 
they choose.

So many questions
and answers

remain unheard,
including our own;

let’s be very quiet.
Let’s listen to those.

Let’s be quiet.
There have been

enough words from us;
anything we need to say is

already out there
on the wind.  In the air.

On the sidewalks.
In the streets. In the spaces

between their questions
and their desired answers.


About Tony Brown

A poet with a history in slam, lots of publications; my personal poetry and a little bit of daily life and opinions. Read the page called "About..." for the details. View all posts by Tony Brown

2 responses to “Quiet

  • Eileen

    Oh yes! Letting it all hang out may sound therapeutic, but now the air is full of garbage…..polluting our souls.

  • Realm of the Introvert

    I feel like I can relate to this. I’m often the quiet one in the group that does the listening and the advice-giving, but my advice is rarely followed, and often isn’t what they wanted to hear. I’ve had to slowly distance myself from these draining type of friends, who always seem to need something from me, but can rarely be relied upon.

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