Heads Bent in Silence by Alan Corkish

i will not sit head bent
in silence
while children are fed
sour bread
and dull water
i will not sit head bent
in silence
while people rant
for the justice
of death
i will not sit head bent
in silence
while gossip destroys
the souls of
human beings
i will not sit head bent
in silence
at any stage of my life
and i will depart
this world
with words
spitting from my lips
like bullets

…too many pass this way
heads bent
in silence

(First published in The People’s Poet Anthology ΙΙ 2003)

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