Painting Voices

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Voice

In this motif, voice is not a literary technique, but the willingness to speak from a specific point of view despite fear of consequences. That is today’s theme: the bravery or bravado of insisting on having a voice.

According to Voltaire, ““Writing is the painting of the voice.” I love the ambiguity of this definition when applied to today’s motif: Does “the voice” paint? Does writing paint “the voice”?

“Powerlessness and silence go together.”
― Margaret Atwood, Second Words

“. . . . only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth.
And that is not speaking.”
― Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider

Beware white fog that chokes the golden words
sitting in back of your throat, unheard.
You can speak, yet you sit there mute.
Add green grass and heaven’s blue;
don’t let them silence you.
Instead of moping,
here’s what to do:
unleash you
red notes,

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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8 Responses to Painting Voices

  1. like the red notes – emotion needs to get out. Great!!


  2. I love the unleashing of the red notes….sort of what the young people are doing in response to the latest tragedy.


  3. Rall says:

    Yes…everyone start screaming about those gun laws. I am so proud of your young people taking it to the streets.


  4. susan says:

    Oh, wow!: “Beware white fog that chokes the golden words
    sitting in back of your throat, unheard.” Stunning poem.


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