By Juhi Buch
I bare the label you give me, with dignity
Introverted, reserved, aloof.
Shy-“you never say anything”
Uninterested in life’s conversations full of
Why do you ask me to participate?
When it overtakes the kindness, humanity, and compassion that
Should be leaving our mouths.
Stop and listen for once
To what is not being said
Pay attention to what is absent.
It is present everywhere if you take a minute
To silence the sound which devours our lives.
HE says, it is not what goes into your mouth that
But what comes out.
Wait until the sound that leaves you is benevolent
Then break the silence.
So much needless talk everywhere
Talk that harms, pains, injures the soul.
I’d rather be quiet than use words
Which destroy the world.