Elizabeth Padillo Olesen


Violent Silence - Poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

We seal our mouths
with herbs of bitterness
and drown the words
which communicate.

We let our cold silence
creep in our midst
and let the days
nurture the hurts
that have been long kept
in the cupboards
of our own memories.


Comments about Violent Silence by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (2/16/2016 9:29:00 AM)

    Thanks for your nice response to this posting. Have a good day and keep on writing! (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Babatunde Aremu (10/19/2012 3:24:00 AM)

    Keeping things to ourselves could be damaging pschologically. Great write, I like it (Report)Reply

    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
Read all 2 comments »



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?



Poem Submitted: Thursday, October 11, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, October 12, 2012


Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]