Silenced by Joan McNerney

What is never spoken of and pushed down
becomes mold crawling over hearts.

Strangling our voices, it scuttles though
corridors, tunneling, warping each day.

My body…this swollen thing carried by
legs too thin and crippled to uphold it.

Pushed down, tightly clamped in now
full of pain, gasping for each breath.

Smothered, silenced.

Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Camel Saloon, Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Blueline, Halcyon Days, as well as several Bright Hills Press, Kind of A Hurricane Press and Poppy Road Review anthologies. She has been nominated four times for Best of the Net.

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