Unheard – Poem of the Month – May 2021

Unheard

My words do not reach you anymore
They hang heavy in the air, waiting to be heard
Full of love, passion, anger, questioning
But your ears are closed to them
They fall to the ground unanswered
As is always the way
 
You, too busy speaking your own truths
to care about my thoughts and dreams
I die a little death each time this happens
Over time parts of me become numb
Where the life once used to be
Benign stumps from which nothing will grow
 
Neglected like a plant trying to thrive in a closet
No sunshine to nurture life or water to quench its thirst
When the desire to speak and be heard is eventually lost
Then that is when you will hear me no more
The only sound to be heard will be you
Talking to the wind
 
 
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  88 comments for “Unheard – Poem of the Month – May 2021

  1. June 11, 2021 at 11:55 am

    i love this poem ❤️

    • Christine Bolton
      June 11, 2021 at 10:28 pm

      Thank you so much ☺️

  2. May 28, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    Poetically sound. This is prolific with a profound message! I can hear you!

  3. May 13, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    P.S.

    And nobody likes to listen. This reminds me of “American Pie”. The day Music Dies is Satan’s day. And a part of music is poetry. The desire to listen, when that dies, that’s when it’s time to walk away.

  4. May 13, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    It could be God Himself speaking these words to this generation. We all like to speak our own truths, rather than the truth. I think what defines a poet is our ability to tap into truth, or rather “Word”. To draw from truth and make it known is a poet’s job. And, if we do continue speaking our own words, one day God’s going to stop answering, and give up the world to its devices.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 13, 2021 at 10:11 pm

      Thank you for visiting. I think the most important thing is that we speak our own truth first. ☺️

      • May 13, 2021 at 10:32 pm

        See, I thought the poem was about listening. :”>

      • May 13, 2021 at 10:35 pm

        I know you’re saying you want your lover to listen to you. 🙂

      • May 13, 2021 at 10:38 pm

        So I interpreted it as a poem about listening. The object being that if he doesn’t listen, “When the desire to speak and be heard is eventually lost
        Then that is when you will hear me no more
        The only sound to be heard will be you”

        Which is a truth we all need to understand. We need to listen more.

      • Christine Bolton
        May 13, 2021 at 11:12 pm

        Indeed! ☺️

      • May 14, 2021 at 1:14 am

        🙂

  5. May 10, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    So nice

    • Christine Bolton
      May 10, 2021 at 11:51 pm

      Thank you so much 😊

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  7. May 6, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    Amazing!

    • Christine Bolton
      May 6, 2021 at 11:15 pm

      Thank you so much ☺️

  8. May 6, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    So profound and beautiful..

    • Christine Bolton
      May 6, 2021 at 3:16 pm

      Thank you so much ☺️💕🌺

  9. May 5, 2021 at 6:50 am

    The stark nature of never being heard (never being seen) such a direct and gritty poem of regaining a sense of self.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 5, 2021 at 9:51 am

      Thanks Paul. I really appreciate it ☺️🌺

  10. May 4, 2021 at 5:15 am

    Wow. Beautiful and deep with emotion.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 4, 2021 at 8:37 am

      Thank you Jude ☺️

      • May 5, 2021 at 10:43 am

        Very much my pleasure.

  11. May 3, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Another one that resinates with me.. I feel this..

    • Christine Bolton
      May 4, 2021 at 12:07 am

      Thank you. I really appreciate it ☺️

  12. May 3, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    I love this poem ❣️

    • Christine Bolton
      May 3, 2021 at 7:26 pm

      Thank you so much. I think it might resonate with a few people ☺️

  13. May 3, 2021 at 5:39 am

    Oh… Thats so beautiful… And the words really tally the emotions

    • Christine Bolton
      May 3, 2021 at 11:00 am

      Thank you so much. I really appreciate it ☺️

  14. May 2, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    So beautiful

    • Christine Bolton
      May 3, 2021 at 11:01 am

      Thank you so much ☺️

  15. May 2, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Truly heartbreaking.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 3, 2021 at 11:01 am

      Thank you Lucy ☺️

  16. May 2, 2021 at 10:18 am

    If you’re failing to listen, sooner or later you will only listen to yourself….

    • Christine Bolton
      May 2, 2021 at 12:54 pm

      Oh yes, that’s true.

  17. May 2, 2021 at 8:25 am

    one and a half year**

    • Christine Bolton
      May 2, 2021 at 1:17 pm

      Oh my goodness, that is shocking. Please take care ☺️💕

  18. May 2, 2021 at 6:26 am

    this is the worst situtaion ….the time when speaking becomes a risk…n after u collect a lot of courage and speak…
    no one understands!!…reaaly feels the end of my small world in this large world💖🥺

    • Christine Bolton
      May 2, 2021 at 7:28 am

      Thank you so much for reading. I can see you understand. Your comment about finding the courage to speak touched me. Sadly, in these situations, we never know how our voice will be received. 😢💕

      • May 2, 2021 at 7:31 am

        exactly…i m suffering from covid ..the second time…i have gone through operation and otger treatments also..in the last one and a half month!!..i m a student of class 12 ..n all this is making my studies worst…n my mind hell…sso i can really understand!

      • Christine Bolton
        May 2, 2021 at 8:29 am

        I am so sorry. You have had quite a time, haven’t you? I feel for you and what you are going through. We can find enormous strength when we share our pain. I thank you for sharing with us here. Take care please Ayushi ☺️💕

      • May 2, 2021 at 8:38 am

        thanks for ur efforts….this made me feel really good…to talk to u!

      • Christine Bolton
        May 2, 2021 at 12:25 pm

        That’s good to hear Ayushi. Please take care of yourself ☺️💕

  19. April 30, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    How sad when this happens. I believe this is due to misunderstanding and not being able to communicate well with each other. This part stood out for me:

    I die a little death each time this happens
    Over time parts of me become numb

    • Christine Bolton
      May 2, 2021 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you very much Grace. Sad indeed 😢

  20. April 30, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Let them talk to the wind. I wish more would have the courage to move forward and leave those who stunt their existence. This is a powerful piece. The image of “Benign stumps from which nothing will grow” is so fitting. Nurturing is as important as air to breathe.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 30, 2021 at 6:35 pm

      Thank you so much Mish. I really appreciate it ☺️💕

  21. Beverly Crawford
    April 30, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    A sad recount of loss of communication…the ominous ending of a relationship.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 30, 2021 at 6:36 pm

      Yes Bev. Without communication, what is there? Thank you ☺️

  22. April 30, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    I hear such sadness in this. How sad it is when when the voice gives way to despair after years of feeling unheard.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 2, 2021 at 1:15 pm

      Yes it’s heartbreaking isn’t it ☺️ Thanks Ali 💕

  23. April 30, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Such a sad situation, and sadly true for many. So well observed, Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      April 30, 2021 at 4:51 pm

      Thank you Ingrid ☺️💕

  24. April 30, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Neglected like a plant trying to thrive in a closet
    No sunshine to nurture life or water to quench its thirst
    Many oive this way Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 30, 2021 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks Rob ☺️

  25. April 30, 2021 at 9:58 am

    Sad and beautiful ❤️💔

    • Christine Bolton
      April 30, 2021 at 11:24 am

      Thank you Ananda ☺️

  26. April 30, 2021 at 4:38 am

    Very moving and with insight into an uncomfortable reality of being close but not understood.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 30, 2021 at 7:40 am

      Thank you so much ☺️

  27. April 30, 2021 at 4:26 am

    A poignant poem, Christine. I love these lines:
    ‘Neglected like a plant trying to thrive in a closet
    No sunshine to nurture life or water to quench its thirst
    When the desire to speak and be heard is eventually lost
    Then that is when you will hear me no more’.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 30, 2021 at 7:39 am

      Thank you so much Kim. I appreciate that very much ☺️

  28. scotthastiepoet
    April 30, 2021 at 4:17 am

    Very beautiful poem Christine, as Sadje says above there is a real poignancy here… Thanks for sharing a piece of your heart’s resonance..

    • Christine Bolton
      April 30, 2021 at 7:38 am

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate it ☺️

  29. April 30, 2021 at 1:18 am

    Poignant poem, there so much reality in your words.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 30, 2021 at 7:38 am

      Tha nk so much ☺️💕

      • April 30, 2021 at 9:26 am

        You’re welcome 😉

  30. April 29, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    Many can hear but not everyone can/will listen. I hope the person gets the message before it’s too late…

    • Christine Bolton
      April 30, 2021 at 12:08 am

      Thanks Lisa ☺️💕

      • April 30, 2021 at 1:14 am

        🙂 You’re welcome!

  31. April 29, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    What a great art piece to accompany this really compelling poetic rant.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 29, 2021 at 8:56 pm

      Thanks so much Helen! I’m so happy you liked it all ☺️💕

  32. April 29, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Words do fall on deaf ears
    Thoughts do melt into tears.

    “Who Hears Me”

    My ears are funnels
    But I do not want to hear
    The voices

    My lips do part
    But I do not speak
    The words

    My knees do bend
    But I cannot sit
    While I can still stand

    My eyes are open
    But I do not want to see
    My shadow falling

    • Christine Bolton
      April 29, 2021 at 8:52 pm

      Beautiful Ivor ☺️ One of yours, yes?

      • April 29, 2021 at 8:55 pm

        Yes .. I’m describing my hospital bed ridden times .. 😥🤫

      • Christine Bolton
        April 29, 2021 at 8:56 pm

        Oh you poor thing. That was a terrible, scary time for you I remember ☺️💕

      • April 29, 2021 at 8:58 pm

        Yes, but here I am .. to tell the story 😄🌏

      • Christine Bolton
        April 29, 2021 at 9:13 pm

        Thank goodness ☺️💕

    • April 30, 2021 at 3:09 pm

      I remember this one, Ivor, and I still adore it so much.

      • April 30, 2021 at 5:14 pm

        Yes .. I wrote in at one of your ‘Writing Circle’ sessions, and the piece has been published by “Spillwords” magazine 😄🌏

      • April 30, 2021 at 5:34 pm

        I didn’t know it was published. That is fabulous.

      • April 30, 2021 at 5:52 pm

        Yeah .. Spillwords liked it too ..

    • May 6, 2021 at 2:23 pm

      So nicely expressed …

      • Christine Bolton
        May 6, 2021 at 3:20 pm

        Thank you ☺️

      • May 6, 2021 at 7:35 pm

        Pleasure ❣️

  33. April 29, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    Beautiful poem.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 29, 2021 at 9:13 pm

      Thank you Regina ☺️

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