Stay Silent

it is over 
the fun depleted -
back down to Earth with a smack -
gravity 
it was always going to bring us to reality 

reality - deny heart and happiness 
emotionally they take up too much room

to keep other people content -
do as they wish 
for love, for peace 
for knowing there is little else that can be afforded 

your well-ordered world could be thrown into chaos 
and for fear of change, opening a wound 
recoil and stay silent. 

Kate (C)  

it was never because

i have always lost 
the friends i made -
lost, as if they were like socks
or ballpoint pens 

was it me, i would ask
am i so bad at being a friend 
i am not worthy of that

others seem to attach, assimilate into groups 
without any effort 
seem to fit in 

and i would be so conscious of saying the wrong thing, of staring too long or not making eye contact 
like an exam
i am learning
that it was never because 
i was weird / too much / not enough /
just ‘cuz some kids don’t know any better

I often wonder if I had known I was autistic much earlier, if I grew up in a world where differences were respected and didn’t carry so much stigma and weight, if I hadn’t felt that this was normal and I simply had to toughen up (it’s a lot, I know) Would I loathe myself so much less, would I be a happier and healthier adult? Would I feel less like an imposter and more like me?

welcome

the shopping centre is being assembled -
filled with brands -
restaurants and chain stores
that will not feed or clothe -
nor welcome 
the rough sleepers 
that are nestled in the shop doorways 
around this building 

‘they’re all addicts’
‘they make more money in a day than we do in a week’

they haven’t anywhere to call home 

we all have our vices 
yours you are able 
to hide behind 
a 
front door 


Wrote this during NANOWRIMO a year, 2 years ago maybe? Not sure about the last lines. But the sentiment remains.

If you are able to Shelter Centrepoint and Crisis are charities that help people who are struggling and welcome donations.