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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Unsung Songs

"There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you."
--Maya Angelou

Some stories we bear as whispers
secrets too terrible to tell
silently they cower inside us
lacking the courage to fly
their telling unspoken
of places so broken
the heart is unable to mend
but life and its woes
its joys and its blessings
calls us to rush out the door
race through the streets
let loose a whoop
gather the stars in our arms
in the dark of the night
under the light of the moon
the places inside you are listening
with the mouth of your heart
let the telling begin
sing the unsung songs of your soul
unsilence the stories you've silenced
unburden your bones and be free
dance in the dark with the gypsies
relinquish your agony


  1. Mary,
    This is great...wonderfully and powerfully written. Have you read any of Brene Brown's books on shame and shame resilience? I think you and Jane might really resonate with her shame research. She has several mini lectures on Youtube also. Martha (not sure why Shelly is coming up???)

  2. Such a poem of empowerment for us and said so eloquently.
    Louisa Calio author and director of the poets and writers Piazza for Hofstra's Italian Experience, honoree as a feminist who changed America.