2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 20 – The Unsaid


For today’s prompt, write a poem of what goes unsaid.

It was the unsaid that drew our attention

That’s why it was unsaid.

There were feelings to consider

Decorum, convention and dignity.

What if the truth were revealed

Shame would engulf her

She was already on a knife’s edge.

Public humiliation wouldn’t serve

To belittle and beguile

When all the while behind her back

Whispers were promulgated

The snide allowed to fester

When there was nothing to be gained,

Save the annihilation

Of a character we actually all respected.

So it was to be ‘keeping mum’

Watching and waiting

Hoping the unsaid stayed

In the box it currently

Was loosely housed in.


Written for: http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2016-april-pad-challenge-day-20

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4 Responses to 2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 20 – The Unsaid

  1. Lyn says:

    Whispers were promulgated I love the word promulgated. Whispers were promulgated makes me think of whispers that bash and pummel. Brilliant poem, Michael 🙂

  2. Olga says:

    The “unsaid” has many dimensions. It can take on a life of its own to influence. Sometimes it’s better to keep it in the box depending on the situation, as your poem suggested. Nicely written, Michael.

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