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Silent Screams- a Short Poem

I wrote this little poem back in Oct2014. Goodness, that long ago?

Anyway, it began as most of my writings do, something started me thinking about a silent scream, and this is what came out of it. It is a bit dark, as my Sister told me at the time, but there’s a certain… relatability to it. I think, anyway.

So, here it is again, for all to inspect and/or pick apart:


Silent Screams

Life behind these padded walls, as surreal as a dream

    A dream where even silence screams, but only silent screams

        Silent screams of ancient Queens beheaded on a stage


The stage, surrounded by noisy throng

    Some hawking wares secured with tongs

        Some yammering of someone else’s wrongs

One standing above, above any reproach

    Heralding merits and valiant deeds like a coach

        A coach who stores the team behind padded walls


Yes, life behind these padded walls. wishing t’were a dream

    For here, unlike in dreams, the silence screams, but not silent screams

        Not silent screams from ancient Queens beheaded on a stage.

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  1. I don’t know much about poetry, but I do know this was very interesting. I liked the way you laid it out and rhymed it. Of course, what came to my mind was Game of Thrones. Queen Cersei to be exact. It also sounds like something they’d have on there. Some kind of riddle or something they’d tie in to some plot. Well done, John!

    • Thanks! Though I have not seen any of the Thrones (movie, cartoon, comic, game, series; whatever versions have been done. 🙂 ) , I’m glad you were able to reference it through my little poem.

  2. You’re right about it being a little dark, but it was easy to imagine what was going on. There were a few times that I thought I saw silent screams in my patients eyes. I like the title and think it would be good for a novel.

    • Thanks! I thought it kind of went off-topic with the third stanza, but others have, like yourself, quashed that thought. 🙂

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