Silenced

All the tears that I shed

I shed inside

keeping them lodged in my throat

until they steal my voice.

the caged bird does not sing

not because she is too sad

although she is

but because

she has no voice

all the bars of my cage

are self constructed

and yet

I still cannot escape

                                                                                   

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The Festival

Noise

Smells

Bustle

the band strikes up

the first notes

standing

clear and alone

impaled against a sky so blue your heart breaks

Flags

Snapping

Popping

American, Confederate

the intro plays

to something Skynard

the broken pieces of your heart arise

and fly away

leaving you teary eyed

for no reason

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