Silent No More

Silent No More


The silence of a thousand years

is broken with a whisper,

emanating from

the heartbeat of oppression.


Time can no longer restrain the truth.

It breaks open the sins of the past.

Soaring above the rabble,

chains falling off,

secrets bleed out.


Blackened bones of our ancestors

crumble in desperation.

It is my turn to speak.

My words are winter rain.


Bare limbs reaching from the pyre,

their cries can no longer

be buried alive with their bodies. 


Blue songs and green desires

melt away in the inferno.

Annealed, the weak become the strong.


Pained voices unite,

shedding off the shroud,

never more to be silenced.


Ann Christine Tabaka

Ann Christine Tabaka has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry, has been internationally published, and won poetry awards from publications. She lives in Delaware, USA.  She loves gardening and cooking.  Chris lives with her husband and two cats. Her most recent credits are: Ariel Chart, Page & Spine, West Texas Literary Review, Oddball Magazine, The Paragon Journal, The Literary Hatchet, The Stray Branch, Trigger Fish Critical Review, Foliate Oak Review, Better Than Starbucks!, Anapest Journal, Mused, Apricity Magazine, The Write Launch, The Stray Branch, Scryptic Magazine, Ann Arbor Review, The McKinley Review.
*(a complete list of publications is available upon request)



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