To Speak And Be Heard

What will I sound like to you when I say the words within me?
I wonder this…
Along with whether I sound weary of the idea of who I am
Without you to frame my reference
I picture what I might look like to you
As the tones of my voice carry into your ears
Whip through and wind in cochlear fashion
To vibrate into electricity…
To excite and stimulate your brain…
To create pictures in association of what I must look like….
Once heard….
I picture myself as heard through your ears
And seen through your eyes, and wonder…..
Which one of me is real?
Is it the insecure, overzealous, beat down little girl
Trying so hard one more time to reach out….
To speak out…
For some sense of acceptance
But too vulnerable to really admit this?
Or the confident, content, wise and joyful woman
I worked so hard for you to believe was me
You see me with your eyes
As pearl skin and brown hair
As tall and graceful, like a swan moving slow in cool water
You see me standing here telling as much as an eye can tell
But when you hear me….
What do you see?
Am I as good as I think I am
To believe I can be so deceiving?
Am I right in believing my deceit is appealing?
That somehow my insides, feeling so lost and confused
Will not travel with my words as I speak them to you?
I guess the thing to do
Would be to give you….me…
Whether it is the me you know before I speak
And let travel on the airwaves the fear that you will go
And just what will that look like, when my words wonder your ears
Will you hear the me I want to be?
Or the me that’s really here?

To Speak And Be Heard

Trish Cooper

Bloomington, United States

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I think there are many times in our lives when we wonder if the picture we portray to the outside world bears any resemblance to the real image…and also are we happy..truly happy with who and how we are…….flaws and all…..for no one is perfect, I surely am far from that lol…….but, the pressure to be the best we can , sometimes is alot of weight to handle………..So flaws, scars, and all….. here I am…!!!!!

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