Can You Hear Me?

“Can You Hear Me?”

–Amy Engle


I AM speaking, right?

Can anyone actually hear my words?

Excuse me, but I was saying something.

The sounds coming from my mouth

Are far from random.

I put thought behind them.

Give me a chance, please.

I’ve already done the whole,

“Live in silence so that you don’t

Accidentally say something stupid” lifestyle.

Well, it stinks.

I can’t resist any longer.

There are words on my heart

That are desperate to come out.

My brain has figured out the perfect

Way to say how I feel.

The lips, the teeth, and the tongue

Are ready and waiting.

So why am I being ignored?

Have I died and become a ghost?

Now, I can be petty and ignore you, too.

But what would that accomplish?

We humans are blessed with

The power of speech and reasoning.

Let’s allow each other

The decency of using those gifts.