Listen. Hear the dissonance between my words And question if I meant to pause Or if it was just the natural fluctuation of my voice - I’m screaming for attention when I don’t speak In the way my eyes widen And my head lowers
Inhale. Slowly now So that the air moving through your lungs Isn’t so much as a whisper
Quiet. It’s the pauses we take when we talk on the phone No voices exchanged But the smiles are content Resting on the absence of noise between us
Learn. I’m deaf to the world And you’re the only one I seem to be able to hear Despite the void of sound - God, you sound beautiful My ear drums don’t vibrate But my heart does So I understand everything you’re saying before your mouth moves
Exhale. Watch the way my chest falls Tell me with you hands if I’m not letting go slow enough
Realize. They say a picture’s worth a thousand words But the vacancy of audio is worth your attention
Silence. It’s golden Even when we erase it with straining vocal cords Understand that speech is a waste of oxygen Every moment we spend speaking Is a moment closer to our last breath
Listen. Hear the world on mute Hear the dissonance in the emptiness Hear what I have to say When my lips don’t open.