You Stay Silent

Adya SarinFebruary 24, 2021SilencePoetry

Your emotions bundled up
And tossed away
A fake smile plastered
Onto your face
You’re begging for attention
In dire need of a friend
A companion, a close one
To hold on to you
Until these dark days end
You stay silent.

There’s a cold stillness about the room,
Your heart is thumping as adrenaline pulses through your veins
This time you hope
To speak without faltering
But as the crowds gather
And it's all down to the last second
You stay silent.

People parading up and down the streets,
Chanting “you must leave”
You long to join them
To speak up while you can
To make a change
Make a difference
Create an impact
You succumb to those chains
That overpowering demon
You stay silent.

You stay silent,
But that voice inside of you does not,
It urges you to speak up,
And finally,
When it seems as if all hope is lost,
You voice your opinion
You’re no longer alone.

Adya is a 14-year-old student at the Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India. You can normally find her reading a book or dancing. One of her favorite pastimes is playing with animals (especially her cat).