Silent Speaker

Silent Speaker

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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(one from the archives)

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Oh, silent speaker let me say,
it hasn't always been this way.
What game is this you like to play?

You starve me, yes you do indeed.
You starve me of the words I need
and I'm not one who's prone to greed.

So little do I ask of you,
it seems a simple thing to do.
Why can't you hold me close to you
and tell me that you love me?

© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw



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Ah, the enforced silence, I remember it well. psychological torture never ends well, does it? It's what control freaks do when they have run out of answer... You know, like four year olds do.
(sorry to any four year olds reading, no offence intended)

Ps...Perhaps that is why it is now impossible to shut me up. I was just saying that the other day to the lady in the newsagent, shortly before she barred me from the shop and threw me out the door. :)

Posted 4 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Ta Lorry. Yeah that old chestnut enforced silence. Sounds like you've had a basin full of that. That.. read more



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emotional blackmail of sorts, their silence drives you to breaking point and then you become the bad guy for losing your temper... mind games !

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thanks Stella. Mind games indeed. All good wishes on a dull winter morning. Keep warm.

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Stella Armour

3 Months Ago

Good morning Chris it's white over here with brilliant sunshine ... so the promise of a nice day ☼
Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

All our white has gone Stella Temperature increasing. Very wet now outside. Enjoy your day.
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You express well the complexity yet the banality of relationships, and how we handle them badly at times, in this soulful, sad plea Chris.,

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Sadly there are some who delight in this sort of behaviour. What:s more they know what they are doi.. read more
Unfortunately I know all to well of what you speak. To hear those words, sweet music to one's ears. Haven't heard them - in years.

Take care - Dave

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Thank you so much Dave. Pleased this poem meant something to you. I appreciate your thoughts. All g.. read more
Dave

3 Months Ago

It did and thank you.

Take care - Dave
Yes . . . this character has a habit of going off on vacation (holiday).
Sometimes you just have to raise the window and shout out for him to return!
Watch out though! You might lose some sleep if he does.

Tom

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Thank you Tom and smiling at your response. All good wishes.

Chris
great read for me..captivated by the poet musing on her "speaker" ... and in closing brings it round to the very shy lover in love ... that secret admirer many never give thought to ... wonder if i had any????? ;} my oldest daughter uses silence that way .. drives me nuts because she is the one that always calls me to vent .. usually i can't get a word in edgewise and then all the sudden .. dead air space ... i use to break it after a minute or so ... now i am ...........silent ;))))))))))))
E.


Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Dear Mr E, thank you so much for reading and advising what my lines meant for you. Lovely to hear.Al.. read more
Einstein Noodle

4 Months Ago

:) .................
Such is the nature of love. It needs reinforcement and reassurance, moment to moment. Silence then is a double edged sword which must be used judiciously in love. What works for each relationship is different as each equation is unique. I loved this simple yet direct poem. Such clarity of thought. Vulnerability too 💕

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Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

I'm glad you picked up on the vulnerability DIVYA. When I wrote these lines, it was certainly there... read more
I read somewhere 'true love comes when silence between two people is comfortable'. Perhaps that's not the case when it comes to expressions of love. Sometimes we do need to hear, or in my case, get used to being told and feel the lack of it when it stops all of a sudden. Although I do think there are way too many ways of saying that than just the one ;)
I like this one. Made me think, as often your writes do :)

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Hello Dr Y. Thank you for your visit. Sometimes silence is fine, but not always, especially when a r.. read more
Silence is golden, that's what I always hear. No I don't think that applies here that much. It was a great poem the golden part was the first thing that came to my mind after reading Lorry's review.

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Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Thank you Dragon Wing. Silence isn't always golden, but Lorry's responses are :) I appreciate your v.. read more
My first reaction when reading this was that it was about writer’s block. I have a friend who gets angry (not really) when a muse is mentioned, so we’ve come up with creative ways of addressing the creative impulse. It’s such a mysterious thing. Sometimes the ideas are never ending and at others they are nowhere to be found. And then there’s the poems that just seem to write themselves and only need you for the hands to make them visible.

I’m in a slump just now. I haven’t written anything new in months, but rather than abandoning writing, I’ve committed myself to working on old poems. Perhaps the muse will approve of my diligence!

I do see that there have been other interpretations of the poem. I hope I’m not way off base, but I did want to share where the reading took me. I’m enjoying the breadth of your work, Chris.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Dear Eilis, it is always a delight to receive one of your lovely reviews. Poetry is subjective and i.. read more
Some words, we do need to hear. Sometime silence isn't golden. Wonderful use of words and thoughts dear Chris.
Coyote


Posted 4 Months Ago


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Christine Anne Shaw

4 Months Ago

Thank you Coyote for your visit. All good wishes.

Chris
Coyote Poetry

4 Months Ago

You are welcome dear Chris.

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