A basin of acid-fluxed ink, her stomach plunges & rises with peppery repression. Months of unwritten words scorch stymied syllables in her throat.

Subjugating silence with sound, she thrums and caws, spinning thought until words break free to proclaim their place in April’s pages.

One word, one poem, one day at a time, she begins to feel writing’s relief.

Brenda Warren 2016


Notes: The prompt for this piece is breaking the silence. Each day in April Elizabeth Crawford Katch will offer a prompt at 1sojournal. Pay her site a visit to see the prompt in its entirety, and to find other poets’ responses. It’s all about poeming this month.

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