I chatter constantly
inside my head,
but to you I must seem silent, as remote
as a wild animal, distant by instinct.

All day it never stops,
continuing for half the night.
How I deluge you, and myself,
though my lips stay as still as a rock in a stream.

Leave, then, shaking your head, 
thinking "why doesn't she even try?"
I do nothing but talk, confide, confess,
but even as you go, I stay feral

and shy.

for Magaly's "I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream" prompt at Real Toads.


De Jackson said…
Oh, those "inside the head" words. I feel this. I AM this.
Magaly Guerrero said…
Those words that brew (and stay) inside make for very powerful eyes... eyes that speak as loud as any mouth, even louder, if other eyes care to look and listen.
. said…
You know I love this. You know I am half this; I chatter just as much on the outside as I do on the inside.

The line break after "remote" makes me picture this being a female version of the silent husband, holding the remote control and never speaking.
Sherry Blue Sky said…
Those words inside our heads that cant be shared....I know them well............I love "I stay feral and shy."
Sometimes we lock our own mouths. (Sometimes it may be necessary.)
Outlawyer said…
Terribly human but subtle too, thanks. K.
Sioux Roslawski said…
What a lovely poem and what a perfect line: "though my lips stay as still as a rock in a stream."
Susie Clevenger said…
Oh those conversations spinning unsaid fill my head so often.I just haven't been able to express my silence as well as you have.
hedgewitch said…
That first stanza is just spotless, Shay. How often the inner voice is only a soundtrack we play for ourselves, and the outer a silent suit of armor.
Kerry O'Connor said…
I can relate to this - I seldom shut up inside my own head. (Talk a lot too, at work.)
Sanaa Rizvi said…
I resonate strongly with this - I was this - such a beautifully poignant write, Shay ❤️
lissa said…
this is like me, I talk in my head and couldn't get the words out...

have a lovely day.
I know another girl like that. Well done portrait.

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