Against Silence (4/11/07)
Raised in world of people
without ears, she has wrestled
forever against silence.
Taught herself to wear skin loosely,
like the big cats, protecting vital organs
from unsheathed claws hidden deep
in velvet promises.
Learned to snarl, using heat sensing
words, hurled her hurt across chasm
of still festering wounds, until she
grew old in the shouting.
Now sits alone, afraid of peace,
for cessation of battle
sounds too much like
Elizabeth Crawford published 8/30/10