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On neglect and silence!

Do not pass this way, my friend,
do not look this way or send
your muted thoughts of sympathy
for all that has become of me;
for I am ghost upon this day;
I do not sing;
I do not pray;
The world cares not, for what, was done;
neglected here,
left unsung;
now darkened windows of my soul
shall not look out
shall be my gaol.

copyright 2012 Niamh Clune.

About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books. www.drniamh.co.uk

10 comments on “On neglect and silence!

  1. Tonia Marie Houston
    November 17, 2012

    Beautiful and sad. I know it’s been too long since we’ve talked, but I feel our souls know each other’s through the mute symphony of passion and despair of surviving abuse and inner struggles. Love, Tonia


  2. Juliette
    November 18, 2012

    This is lovely. Thank you for sharing this.


  3. songtothesirens
    November 18, 2012

    Reblogged this on A Bipolar Journey Through The Rabbit Hole and commented:
    Reminds me a little of how I am feeling today. I lost my last Grandparent today, and am feeling a bit of the ghost today. Best to just not speak today.


  4. the secret keeper
    November 18, 2012

    silence as a partner
    with neglect
    is a soul killer.
    if it happens
    and you’re lost
    you’ve got to
    shout louder .
    wishing doesn’t help
    no one’s luck matters
    they’re mean unkind people
    that are such blind
    who don’t care people
    they let you starve
    look straight ahead people
    don’t give a damn
    too scared to care people
    rather walk away
    then get involved people
    one day they will die
    no one will come people
    silence and neglect
    don’t need to know these people
    there are those who care
    the one’s you’ll know people
    reach out and take a hand
    with the kind people
    you’ll find smiling face
    you’ll be surprised people
    you’re not alone in this world
    around these wise people

    j.k. the secret keeper


    • ontheplumtree
      November 18, 2012

      I love this, Jennifer! Clever poem!


      • the secret keeper
        November 19, 2012

        Thank you Niamh. Your poem moved me deeply. It is so powerful! It needed a response. It felt different here on your blog then where i first read it and responded. Your poetry is more embedded here. More secure. zi love it here very much. jennifer


  5. thiskidreviewsbooks
    November 19, 2012

    Love it – very powerful!


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