Singing Silence

In a quiet nook
singing Riptide
for a safe friendly few
hiding
in other people's songs
their words
your voice
but what are you thinking?
What moves you
when you are still?
Where do run
when you can no longer walk?
What do you sing


when no one listens?
What would you scream
that you would not say?
Why do you laugh
when you need to cry?


How will you know
someone is listening


if you never sing your words?


from "While I Wasn't Looking" (2017)