There was Something She Wanted to Say: A Poem

There was something she wanted to say,

But she wasn’t sure how to say it in the right way.

Should she be open and honest, even if it hurts?

Should she keep it all inside, until out it bursts?

Should she whisper it only, a secret for few?

Should she yell at the top of her lungs, me too?

Should she be worried about what everyone will say?

Should she even care what they say, anyway?

Will her words cut others down to size?

Will what she must tell them make them want to shield their eyes?

Should she question her own thoughts, before she speaks her truth?

Should she let it all out, this pain of her youth?

Should her words come in lashes like a whip to the skin?

Should she be cautious and careful, and not let others in?

Should she say what’s on her mind, even if it’s sad?

Should she even bother when others will think it’s she who’s been bad?


I say speak it woman, speak it out loud.

Let your truth be known, feel free to remove the shroud.

If it’s happened to you, lady, it’ll happen once more.

Let the words spill out of your mouth and onto the floor.

Kick them around, stomp them with all your might.

Shout them across the spaces that block out the light.

Own your truth and speak it with pride.

It’s them that need protection now, you needn’t hide.

If there’s something you want to say, say it, and make it your pact.

The only way forward is when you’re not looking back.

Written by Katelyn S. Herrygers ~ June 13, 2018 

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