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A Most Silent Opinion

Some people don’t say anything
They just swallow it and don’t let it pass
It just sits there, weighing them down
But you can’t tell what they’re thinking

He doesn’t have to lie about anything
He doesn’t sort through truth or fantasy
As long as it stays in his head he stays inside
Talking too much opens too many doors

Maybe he’s not really scared to talk
He just doesn’t trust himself with you
Your opinion and the way you say it
He saved you from having to own it

Is he a blessing to himself or a deserter
Are his thoughts stored like ice long ago
Melting if he doesn’t quickly insulate them
From the world that tells him how to think

You might be shocked if you read his mind
The silence stacks the tension into blocks
Once they fall they clatter upon the floor
And you will say you can’t hear anymore

Comments

Mark Lecuona (author) from Austin, Texas on July 03, 2018:

Thank you Delilah. In this day and age speaking your mind can be very costly. I have long-time friends who have unfriended one another on Facebook due to politics. I have another friend who never says anything then one time opened up and I remember thinking, "WHOA! You got a lot going on in there!" I have tried to keep a civil manner about myself. I am actually a talkative person but I have come to realize that some of my opinions only cause trouble no matter how well thought out they might be. They are only opinions so what difference does it make if I hold my tongue?

Delilah from Kentucky on July 03, 2018:

I completely agree and can relate to your poem. Silence is so often misunderstood. I'm a quiet shy person and I have been called "stuck up" because I choose not to talk a lot. I just keep my thoughts to myself instead of verbalizing them, just like your poem says

"As long as it stays in his head he stays inside

Talking too much opens too many doors."

Those are often my thoughts as well.