Poem - I Am A Whisper

Whisper

I'm not a person of color
I'm not gay
I'm not rich
I'm not homeless
I'm not religious
I'm not an atheist

I am a whisper

I'm not old
I'm not young
I'm not famous
I'm unknown

I am a whisper

I may be helpless
But I am not numb
I may be shackled
But I will not lie still

I am a whisper

I have an opinion
I have thoughts
I have feelings
I have a voice

I am a whisper

I have a memory
I have hope
I have a fantasy
I have a dream

I am a whisper

I give freedom
I will not judge
I will not control
I will not hurt

I am a whisper

I don't believe you
Why must I listen?
Why do you want my mind?
Why do you want control?

I am a whisper

I see what happens
I know who is suppressed
I know you are buying time for yourself
I know you need to fool me

I am a whisper

I am in your way
I am an impediment
I am a risk
I am to be mitigated

I am a whisper

It needs to be shouted
It needs to be aggressive
It needs to shock
It needs to awaken

I am a whisper

I see the fear tactics
I see the power
I see the judgements
I see the ridicule

I am a whisper

I know you are a liar
I know you are evil
I know you will kill
I know you will destroy

I am a whisper

I know these things
What can I do?
I can only write
I can only feel the anger

I am a whisper

"Who is lying?"
They are
"Who would kill?"
They would
"Who would send your child off to war?"
They would
"Who are they?"
The one's who want your vote

I am a whisper

"What about your children?"
There is still time
"What about my children?"
There is still time

I am a whisper

Would a man kill for God?
What do you think?
Would a man kill for his flag?
What do you think?
Would a man kill for his party?
What do you think?
Would a man kill who has been fooled?
What do you think?
Would a man let you die in his place?
What do you think?

I am a whisper

"Why do you whisper?"
I'm not
"You say you are"
Can anyone hear me?
"I can"
Can anyone else?
"No"

I am a whisper

"Why won't you shout? "
I am afraid
Afraid of what?
Of losing my job
Of losing my children
Of losing my life

I am a whisper

"Who are you afraid of?"
A person
A book
True believers
Non-believers
The enemies are all around

I am a whisper

"Why are they enemies?"
They do not want me
They want me to be them
They want my mind
They want my actions
They want my life

I am a whisper

So I work
So I pray
So I smile
So I agree
So I submit
So I bend
So I die

I am a whisper

Is existence on the other side of a laugh?
Is existence in the void of silence?
Is existence in the breath of a whisper?
Is existence in the quiet of God's spirit?

I am a whisper

When God is silent
Even a whisper can be too loud
Silence is the empty room
No color
No artifact
No sound

I am a whisper

Listen to the whisper
Then listen to God
Then you will know
Because you dared to speak
You forgot to think

I am a whisper

Blessed are the peacemakers
Did you remember this?
Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone
Did you remember this?
Turn the other cheek
Did you remember this?
Love thy neighbor
Did you remember this?
Judge not lest you be judged
Did you remember this?

I am a whisper

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Comments 22 comments

Jasper420 6 years ago

very beautiful poem love the message your sending out great writting very well done


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Jasper... better watch it though... I thrive on encouragement! You may get what you ask for!


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

Keep on wispering, you do it well. A loud voice, a loud opinion. a loud person is most of the time an imposition and a way to control, while a wisper is a suggestion, an invitation to think, to feel, to be. Very well done


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Petra. You are very kind. Quiet words retain an audience. Loud words shut down another's mind. I know this yet in real life I always seem to forget.


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LaurieDawn 6 years ago

I love this poem. I love all the meanings that your words invoke. I love all the visuals that your words make me see. Beautifully done.

Blessings,

Laurie


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Laurie,

This one is like a bird that flew away to live it's life and returned to me to say hello... some time has passed since I posted it and when I read it I had to remember why wrote it...


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christiansister 6 years ago

Dear Poet,

Very good poem. It is very hard in this life to learn to keep hold of the Whisper and not sell out to the Podium. But, once mastered, the Whisper keeps us who we want to be. Who God made us to be. Peace and Love Always :)


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you christiansister... it's a recognition of my limitations but like you said it also is the declaration that I won't sell out...


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christiansister 6 years ago

Ohh!! I forgot. Very good pic :)


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thanks christiansister... it is cool isn't it?


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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand

Oh wow! Deep! That whisper I love! Thank you!


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you penny.. the thing is it flowed very quickly even though it is one of my longer pieces...


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oliversmum 5 years ago from australia

The Suburban Poet. This poem is really great.

A bit of all of us in your words.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your work.

Keep whispering, as you do it so well.

Thanks for sharing it with us. :) :)


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Oliversmum - thank you for commenting... I try to express what I feel and I'm sure I'm not alone...


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Wow.. a strong message in there. A beautiful spirit writes through you.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Lady_E - thank you Lady.... I think we're all inspired here on hubpages.....


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meow48 5 years ago from usa

at first i thought you were talking about divorce.. then i figured it out as life... in general and all the influences there of... i think.. anyway, i liked it. it slowly crescendoed and then became the actual whisper...thankyou for visiting my site, btw. take care.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@meow - thank you for commenting. It is about life and all the pressure we endure from liars in power. There is some bitterness here too....


romann814 5 years ago

I'm not inspired by this poems. I've heard better ones!!! Sorry for the discouraging words; but, I'm letting you know what I feel.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

I don't pretend to be good at anything but I know why you insulted me... it's cool.... you are not a problem in my life.... I'm not going to delete your comment but when you post a bio, put your picture up and then post hubs with original thoughts beyond your biblical beliefs then maybe you will become a credible poster on Hubpages. There is no reason to hide here... yet you do...


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Scarface1300 4 years ago

You do not have to pretend my friend because I have arrived to tell you that you are. Faceless man are you real or "Are you a whisper" or perhaps simply a Pillock..

Your words are well received on this side of the globe Mr. I loved this piece, Who else can we trust if its not each other The Government" "Advertisers" "Bankers" Fat cat Lawyers" the list is endless. LOL now that is a joke LOL. Voted Up and Awesome from me and and the Whisperer without a face. God bless


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Scarface - Thanks man... that was a very colorful insult that you ventured. My critic and I jousted a bit in an forgotten until now discussion about religion. I am afraid I was a bit taken aback by his zeal and my attempts to batter his dogma into submission offended his sensibilities. So he found this poem and as you can see thrust the blade home. That's cool. I don't expect everyone to love me just as I do not love all unconditionally. Alas I am a whisper of a moral man...

That being said I appreciate your support and I'm glad you chose this one as I like to see old comments: good and bad. Yes we have to trust each other as normal men unelevated by the extremities of greed, pride and avarice.....

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