civil (?) rights

Joining Real Toads in Imaginary Garden today on the theme:                                           “I Have No Mouth but I Must Scream” -title by Harlan Ellison

 

unborn baby girl
dodging abortion’s
sharp instruments

has mouth but
voice not heard
muffled in womb

unsafe sanctuary
tiny life unwanted
no fault of her own

they shout about
women’s rights,
“now let me grow

into a woman
strong, nurturing
seasoned in love —

help! it’s got me!
torn me…bleeding”
hear silent scream

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Apr 21, 2017 @ 20:40:43

    Powerfully presented.

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  2. Jim
    Apr 21, 2017 @ 18:10:50

    Very ultimate in subject matter of a voice that can’t talk. These babies have no voice in what happens to them, they are at the mercy of the mother, from ancient times a protectorate being. But no more. Well told, controversial I know.
    ..

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  3. kiwinana
    Apr 21, 2017 @ 17:07:11

    Yes, I can hear that unborn child calling out, it’s breaking my heart just thinking about it. Very powerful poem. Have a nice weekend.

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  4. Susie Clevenger (@wingsobutterfly)
    Apr 21, 2017 @ 16:41:41

    I so understand this, but I also know the horror of having someone you love raped and dealing with the aftermath.

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  5. whimsygizmo
    Apr 21, 2017 @ 14:51:50

    lynn, this is a powerful and important piece. Thank you.

    Reply

  6. sanaarizvi
    Apr 21, 2017 @ 12:38:15

    This is so touching.. I can hear them too 😦

    Reply

  7. Magaly Guerrero
    Apr 21, 2017 @ 12:18:53

    “Unsafe sanctuary” presents a very complex image, almost as complex as the poem’s motif.

    Reply

  8. Sherry Marr
    Apr 21, 2017 @ 11:37:10

    Ow. I can hear that silent scream.

    Reply

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