Finding one’s voice

brings not just celebration

for a gift which for long had lost its place,

but brings a difficulty with explanation

of thoughts – the embarrassing choice

of what to say from all that has been hidden.


Now that courage has bidden

the tongue to speak,  to remind

the ice-block of the mind

it can melt and flow –


there is nothing wrong with what has been felt,

no wound so deep it cannot be healed –


confidence returns as one learns with relief

the source of hurt comes not from within, no,

it comes from those who can hear but are deaf

and from those able to see but are blind.



Julian Nangle

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