What are the consequences of silence by Mayda Del Valle

(after Bahnu Kapil)

Vocal chords that turn to dust
A voice cut
into glittering vowels
Books left to rot.
Poems left to swirl on someone else’s tongue.
You don’t get it?
You don’t get it?
do you?
Your backward speech
smart ass passive tongue.
Say it to my face
and say what you mean.

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