Silence speaks a lot

Silence speaks through indifference,
silence speaks through pain,
and silence speaks where words fail,
in the millionaire’s mansion or the jail.

I know of men who should speak
but they choose to relax their jaw,
sometimes they make a peace,
sometimes they make a war,

sometimes they keep silent
because to speak they do not dare,
they can create an atom bomb,
while sitting in a rocking chair.

I have heard silence screaming
in asylums and in walls,
where children wait in silence
until a lone tear falls.

My life has seen the mighty come and go without a sound,
and I’ve heard the dying labourer, under his breath say,
“don’t let the bastards get you down!”

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