the words you cannot say

the words you cannot say

exist in the shadows of

all that is said.

the words you cannot say

burn in your guts when

you silently witness what

you cannot say.

the words you cannot say

could explode the walls

between them and sound.

 

if only they could be spoken.

 

sometimes you’ll see the words in light

only to see them mutilated right after

by the speakers of words you can.

back into the pit they’re taken

wrapped in chains of

comfortable decency.

 

the light that shines

on the earth exposes all words

and it is our duty to speak them.

when the first human saw a flower

they made a sound that

identified and dignified

the flower’s

existence.

the words you cannot say

do not name flowers.

the words you cannot say

are assumed to have no dignity.

the words you cannot say

are words we might wish

did not exist.

the words you cannot say

name creatures existing on earth

or in the depths our our minds.

the words you cannot say

look more like the

bleached snaggletoothed monsterfish

lurking in the ocean’s darkest trenches.

 

what words do you use

to describe something so hidden?

how do you tell someone your

friend was slaughtered,

your daughter was eaten,

your family was enslaved

by a gigantic monsterfish

that no one wants to see

and there are no words

to say what you cannot say?

 

what words do you use

when you are being carried back to the pit

where the monsterfish lives?

whose help do you call for

when the help is locking you in?

they’re shoving your head

under water in the pit, and

you utter

words you’ve heard

that you know you cannot say,

‘Black Lives Matter.’

 

and then they close the lid

to hide away the sound.

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