are you nice if
you keep silent
when you don’t agree?

if you silence your voice
will you choke on your tongue?

is it important to
be respectful, be polite at all times?

is it worth the frustration
and anger that keeps getting added up?

can you hold the pressure
in and bottled up forever?

when it bursts open
will you be frowned upon?

does keeping mum
build better relationships?

are you better at battling
inside yourself than

is it better to speak your mind
fight tooth and nail?

is it better to battle each time
wage a war till you get your way?

do you have the strength
to handle being called a bitch?

which is better? which is worse?
who knows? who can tell?

Written for Nanopoblano Day 11.


Peace, at what cost? – A poem of questions
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One thought on “Peace, at what cost? – A poem of questions

  • December 6, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Excellent poem. I enjoy poetry that challenges the reader with specific questions and invites them into the debate. I noticed when I was writing my own poetry constantly that there are not a lot of lines/instances that ask people specific questions, so I would do that every so often in my poems.

    You are also in a Catch-22 when it comes to speaking your mind because as you say, if you are too truthful, people call you rude and nasty names. If you are too quiet then the perpetrators of your misery get away with whatever they are doing again and again. Life is about finding the right balance I guess.

    I also think that you should dispense with politeness, if it means that you yourself are going to be verbally abused or put into detrimental situations by holding your tongue. Those are the times to speak up and to hell with the consequences or how people view you because if they have a problem with you defending yourself then they must be a bad person for wanting you to suffer in silence in the first place.


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