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I Silence Myself

June 30, 2011
By Charlotte Lee PLATINUM, New York City, New York
Charlotte Lee PLATINUM, New York City, New York
21 articles 6 photos 4 comments

I cannot speak
As I open my mouth a creature strangles my tongue forbidding words to come
Nobody quiets me
I silence myself
My cheeks stiffen and the creature holds on tightly
I cannot speak simply because I cannot respond
to the response of my initial words
Fear grasps a hold of me
Uncontrollable thumb fiddling rapidly turns into a mind fiddling madness
Thinking about lifeless objects
like chewed gum, toothpaste or an empty milk carton
Anything to occupy my mind
The creature will not let go
From my tongue to my thumbs
to my mind to my eyes
I slowly go blind
Blinded by others
The creature holds my pupils downwards restraining my eye contact
Slowly a smile creeps over my departed face
A smile, no words, no eyes, no mind
The creature slithers through my teeth
pulling them down
making a dent in my tender lip.
I hear laughter
Enticed by a crowd, I walk towards it
But that creature then wraps around my neck
Pulling me to my knees
I can no longer walk
Because
I cannot speak.



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on Aug. 4 2011 at 2:14 pm
bluebird SILVER, Sandy Hook, Connecticut
8 articles 0 photos 45 comments
This is beautiful. I first didn't truly like it until I read it a second time. It was really good. I can relate to this piece, and that is one of the reasons why I love it. I also love your your imagery. Your word draw a picture in my mind; you are very descriptive

on Jul. 28 2011 at 2:07 pm
EmptySoul SILVER, Milaca, Minnesota
6 articles 0 photos 25 comments

Favorite Quote:
No one can hurt me as much as I can hurt myself.

Ditto. It was amazing.

on Jul. 28 2011 at 10:04 am
FlyleafFreak DIAMOND, Loveland, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"I have faith in fools;self confidence my friends call it"~Edger Allan Poe
"In this world of infinite insanity, your friends are the best psychiatrists you will ever have."~Me

Wow! this is really good. I think that its great that you made this so relatible, but so personal at the same time. your style is unique. great job

on Jul. 27 2011 at 10:04 pm
nikkigonefishin GOLD, Los Angeles, California
17 articles 1 photo 145 comments

Favorite Quote:
" A smile is worth a thousand words"
" The purpose of the writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself."- Albert Camus

This is great! I can relate to it. Good Job with the imagery, keep writing!!

on Jul. 27 2011 at 9:48 pm
singingwriter14 BRONZE, Chester, New York
2 articles 0 photos 42 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Some days you're the statue. Some days you're the pigeon."

I totally agree with what everyone has been saying. This is really good. You're a great writer! :-)

on Jul. 27 2011 at 8:08 pm
HannahBK SILVER, Discovery Bay, Other
6 articles 4 photos 31 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Imagination is the only escape from reality"

Your imagery is incredible, it really made me visulize what was being described.

on Jul. 27 2011 at 9:03 am
agree completely, this is beaturiful

on Jul. 27 2011 at 8:12 am
HeatherBee BRONZE, I Live In, Texas
1 article 0 photos 1985 comments

Favorite Quote:
Go on and try to tear me down. I will be rising from the ground, like a skyscraper

Love is louder than the pressure to be perfect

Oh wow :O ... you wrote this so incredibly and amazingly. I relate, Good good good work!!! your descriptions are so real- they reach out n touch you...


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