I like for you to be still
Pablo Neruda

(he rarely tried
and only barely)

every day he spoke
only the nothing

no one listened
the nothing ended

still not alone
but still mostly still

in the end
was only the end

nothing helped
not even silence

Imaginary Garden / Real Toads

real toads

11 thoughts on “Mute

  1. Gosh this is so poignant. I can’t even imagine what these poor souls must endure .. 😦 thank you for writing to the prompt.

  2. …and so many elderly end up just being quiet as no one listens to them anymore… an old person said that a while back… made me think “how sad”

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