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Of all the ugly she'd seen scorched
into that Georgia red clay
she remembered most the teeth-grinding silence
as the old man stepped over
his boy's hunched frame;
all the weakness beaten from his bird-bones
and milk skin.

He never screamed, that sweet child of hers -
just bit his fist
til blood burst forth
and took his medicine like a good boy.
They laundered his sheets with salt tears
his chalk cheek pressed tight to her breast as
she stitched his battered skin;
and if the night grew crowded
with his quick-stifled cries
she'd croon lullabies into his damp hair -
songs of boys who walk as lovers
and fairytales:
sweet lies
like lawless love
and bottomless joy.
Silence is the most powerful scream.

I've always been disgusted by the idea that you can "beat the gay out of someone".

So I wrote this for the kids. The ones my age - the ones who couldn't hang on any longer. I was there, and I pulled myself back. But they couldn't. It took their deaths to make the world catch its breath.

I can only hope that one day, our spirit of love and acceptance will be unquenchable.

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If you feel like giving critique:
- Did the poem conjure up any specific images for you? Or were the descriptions too vague to do so?
- Did you get a feeling for the anti-homophobia nature of the poem when you finished it, or did you have to read the artist's comments to understand what it was about?

Thanks, loves! I appreciate your input.
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pengirl100and2 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012   Writer
Answering questions:

Yes, I did get the images. Few words, vivid imagery, very nicely done there.

However, the anti-homophobia I didn't see. I wasn't sure as to why he was being beaten until the author's note.

Lastly, I'd like to share with you a completely unrelated devianterror I thought worked nicely. At first, upon seeing this in =HillsOfMyst's feature, there was no text below the word 'Silence'. It was completely blank.

I found it interesting, anyways.

Thank you for sharing the poem with us.
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forestmeetwildfire Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Your fantastic work has been featured here!
I'd really appreciate it if you could give some love to the other features and :+fav: the article! :heart:
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katarthis Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
How many young men and women have gone through this? More men I suppose than anything, and I'd like to think that it's easier for them now. And yet I recall all too clearly that young man (Matthew Shepard) killed by his own peers. Why has it always been a dangerous world to be different? I wish it were otherwise.

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Sora-Seraph Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
So do I. All we can do is write, and vote, and spread the word, and love, I guess. (:
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Artistically-Insane Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I used silence to show my ex how much he hurt me drove him crazy, silence is powerful i love this
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Sora-Seraph Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, love. Glad it worked out for you!
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SilverWynd Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow very powerful!
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
Really excellent.

I'm lucky; my father was very different from the ignorant, unloving 'old man' in the story.


Lance
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Sora-Seraph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I'm very, very glad to hear that (:
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chadwood Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010   Writer
wonderful wonderful read. You are a great talent.
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