Out-Spoken by Lynn White

I didn’t silence easily,
not even as a child
I spoke first
and listened later
to the embarrassed laughter
or pourings of outrage
from adult mouths.
I resisted my mother’s attempts
to quieten me,
I knew it would ruin me,
arrest my development,
curtail my growth,
my flowering.
So I was ready for you 
when you tried.
Yes, you tried.
But by then
I was ready,
I knew who I was,
knew too much altogether
and there was nothing we could do 
about it.
I had already spoken out.

*First published in With Painted Words, March 2021*
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com

About the Poet:

Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. She was shortlisted in the Theatre Cloud ‘War Poetry for Today’ competition and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and a Rhysling Award. Her poetry has appeared in many publications including: Apogee, Firewords, Capsule Stories, Light Journal and So It Goes.

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