I’ve been here before
I know the drill
From this moment on
It goes downhill

The irritation begins
Nothing I say is right
In fact it is all so wrong
And you’re ready to fight

I try to reason
It is going nowhere
It’s hard to understand
As I watch you flare

I will not give up yet
Because this is so stupid
Although reasoning with you
Is always disputed

Eventually my will is broken
And silence ensues
It’s a familiar tactic
And you will always accuse

Silence really is golden
When no one speaks
The fighting stops
The paranoia peaks

Memories from childhood
Surge to the front
As the child in the middle
I bore the brunt

Parents always fighting
I was the referee
They would refuse to speak
Unless it was through me

It’s all so familiar
I’m almost a pro
I could go the distance
In this debacle of a show

There is no claim to fame
There are only losers here
Break the cycle now
Or just disappear

Christine Bolton

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  18 comments for “Silence

  1. August 3, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Sometimes you just need to withdraw. I think we have all seen this/been there. (K)

    • Christine Bolton
      August 3, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      Oh cerainly we all have. Silence can be a choice, as in withdrawal. Unfortunately it is also used as a weapon. So very sad 😞

      • August 3, 2018 at 10:20 pm


  2. August 3, 2018 at 4:09 am

    The all too familiar scenario of a child caught between warring adults. My heart goes to the speaker in your poem.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 3, 2018 at 7:55 am

      Thank you for your kind words. It us quite the saddest and cruelest “job” that a parent can ask of a child. But you forgive them because they were suffering and didn’t know any better at the time. The challenge is not repeating the behavior with your own children 😢

  3. August 1, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    That kind of silence is a burden…

    • Christine Bolton
      August 1, 2018 at 4:14 pm

      It sure was!

  4. July 31, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    I love how silence is a remedy for dispute.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 31, 2018 at 11:26 pm

      Amazing isn’t it? So many resort to that.

  5. July 31, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Wow! This strikes a chord. Well done.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 31, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      Thank you! I appreciate it very much.

  6. July 31, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    You have illustrated the sadness of silence so well! I love the Quote at the beginning of your blog. It takes a lot to break the cycle of being put down and silenced. Even in silence there are no winners here. Well done.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 31, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate feedback 😊

      • July 31, 2018 at 9:46 pm

        You are welcome. Thanks for joining with us.

  7. July 31, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    That has such a powerful feel to it. Breaking the cycle rather than disappearing sounds like a must.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 31, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks so much Suzanne! 😊

  8. July 31, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Nice sound. I liked the description in these lines: “Nothing I say is right
    In fact it is all so wrong
    And you’re ready to fight”

    • Christine Bolton
      July 31, 2018 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks Frank!

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