Too Scared To Be Quiet

Sometimes we are in such a hurry living a frenzied pace that the tasks of everyday life overwhelm us. Our minds and souls are on sensory overload too frightened to listen to our internal voice. This feeling inspired this poem, a stream of free associative thought.


scared to be quiet.
Listen to the radio while the tape rewinds.
Doin this Doin that.

Somewhere a
Loner loses his best friend
& a War vet loses his mind.
voices voices things to do.
Pull the lever, to the bank, wash your hair, FLOSS FLOSS AGAIN, potty train, learn to walk, forget your name
change your clothes & the oil, wash the car
go to the market, read the paper,
to the gym, take two advil and 4 packs of rolaids to make it through the day, refill your
prescriptions, pick up the kids, go to school, get some ice cream, mortgage due, bills to pay, more to do than yesterday
sell you soul, volunteer, grab a beer, enlist, catch the game, go to bed

WAKE UP!!, lock the door, close the blinds, wash your clothes, make calls, don’t
miss your flight, check your voice
mail, e
mail, and
snail mail
Red Light….Green Light, Red
(a fun fun
game when I was a little sittin on sprinkler heads), get that check
out! cut it off, change the flat, mop the floor, and do the dishes, don’t
sleep in, ohhhh late for work, stop, go— pick up
the doughnuts (all week long been having dreams of my Krispy Kreme’s—Do you
love or dance?) up the stairs…
back down to the dentist, set the alarm and
feed the dogs, turn on the oven, buy sell buy sell, market crash,
the neighbors
Too many calories to waste.

I look
Around occasionally
This is a circus right?
Else it makes no sense to me
Makes me wanta
makes me wanta
Makes me wanta
& haggle over the prices of second hand produce!

Too Scared To Be Quiet

Julie Marks

Los Angeles, United States

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