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When They Are Silent

April 28, 2014
By Shade3043 DIAMOND, Shade3043 Did This, In Case Of Anonymous, Other
Shade3043 DIAMOND, Shade3043 Did This, In Case Of Anonymous, Other
87 articles 0 photos 168 comments

Favorite Quote:
When I was a boy, I would always hear scary things in the news and my mother would say to me, "Always look for the helpers. Everywhere you look you will always find people helping." - Fred Rogers


Living an existence of isolation
No cloth to wipe away the tears
Treat your body like a canvas
But not for paint
Not for once along the years

The abstract remains incomplete
But there's more progress every day
But the brushes' marks, they speak to me
What do they say?
Oh, what do they say?

They tell me of suffering
They tell me of plight
They tell me of bloodshed
Underneath a broken fight
They tell me of emptiness
Of a continuous lie
and when they are silent
I see the pain behind brave eyes

A million circles run through my mind
Can you here their pleas?
If those arms could cry out
would anyone find peace?
I can't find the
reason why
So tired
I'd just die
Vulnerable
Teary eyes
Reaching there
Yelling there
Out of earshot
Are you there, God?
I can feel the braille written across those arms
and I can reverse time to protect from every harm
I beg of you, please, just give me today
Those god damned markings, what do they say?

They tell me of suffering
They tell me of plight
They tell me of bloodshed
Underneath a broken fight
They tell me of emptiness
Of a continuous lie
and when they are silent
I see the pain behind brave eyes

and when the cuts are silent
I wish I'd seen unbroken eyes



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on May. 18 2014 at 11:04 pm
Olivia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
324 articles 10 photos 1166 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To these the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth;
And to these death does not mean decay,
But only another birth"
- Isabella Banks

Tjis actually made me cry a little. I love the intense emotion you used in this piece, and would only change the line where you put there on two lines next to each other. :) Keep up the great work Shade! XD

on May. 9 2014 at 9:59 pm
RavenWillowTree PLATINUM, Topeka, Kansas
26 articles 9 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
It takes a thousand words to feel alive, and one to die.

This is absolutely stunning. The emotion is so real and progresses throughout the entire work. I love how you used Braille, because of how blind people are to self harm. I just love this.

Zolenz DIAMOND said...
on May. 4 2014 at 7:14 pm
Zolenz DIAMOND, Musquodoboit Harbour, NS, Other
65 articles 0 photos 177 comments

Favorite Quote:
The pain that have cost us, the evils which have never happened.
- Thomas Jefferson

Its very powerful. I love the lines "just give me today, these god damned markings, what do they say? " and pretty much everything else and the ending is strong and tender at the same time. And the line "pain behind brave eyes" gives us hope.