A forced silence

murders my muse

into swift action.


I arm myself with



keynotes –

the only tidbits of truth

I can discern between

bias and press bans

and alternative facts.


Never before

so eager to speak

since having been silenced;


quiet now,

mum’s the word!


Have you heard?

The head Cheesus is a turd

and I’m not wanted here.

My view doesn’t count.

Everyone is free to speak

except me

because I dared stray

from the script.


The leaks are real!

The news is fake!


I want to speak

but I’m speechless;

I’ve nothing to say;

I’m not welcome;

I’ve been banned;

shit canned;

black balled;

utterly appalled;

I am but a wallflower

at the dance

without a date

or a voice

and anything but choice.


But oh! How the world would love me

if I were something other than




If only I were alt-white

alt-right, a neophyte

with a twist…

get the gist?


I never had so much to say

until I was told to hush


I don’t play well with others;

I will not go gentle –

And why should I?





Published by: The Poet Darkling

The Poet Darkling is an award-winning poet, lyricist, author, editor, and freelance writer. She is currently working on her fifth poetry and monologue anthology, as well as her memoirs. In 2013, The Poet Darkling had the distinct honor of writing an introduction and closing poem for the short story anthology, “Broken Spokes along the Way,” by author Vance R. Farrell. She is also an esteemed member of several writer’s groups, including Writers-Network, and All Poetry, and was featured in the All Poetry anthology “Rewrite Sunlight” in 2017. Born in Chicago, Illinois, The Poet Darkling currently resides in Northeast Tennessee with her family, her pet black widow spider (whom she calls “Walter”), her imaginary muse (whom she hasn’t named), and her many diverse personalities. Since her childhood, The Poet Darkling has survived all manner of physical and sexual abuse, as well as mental illness, drug addiction, and long-term homelessness, and her poetry reflects this. With a steady voice, diverse subject matter, and the singular intent of helping others not only survive the darkness, but thrive there. The Poet Darkling appeals to a wide range of readers. She speaks for the traumatized soldier, the weary mother, the confused teen, the abandoned senior, the disenfranchised minority, the serial killer, and anyone who has suffered heartbreak, addiction, abuse, mental illness, and even the sting of death – and all in perfect rhyme and meter…or not. Following her own doctrine of “Live first; learn later,” The Poet Darkling is currently working on her M.A. in Creative Writing/English, with a concentration in Poetry at Southern New Hampshire University, where she also earned her B.A. in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Poetry and a minor in Professional Writing, graduating summa cum laude in 2017. The Poet Darkling is proud to be a member of the Sigma Tau Delta (Alpha Pi Psi) and Alpha Sigma Lambda (Sigma Psi) honor societies. When she is not writing, or plotting her bid for Poet Laureate of the United States, The Poet enjoys talking to herself, wandering around aimlessly and poking dead critters with sticks.

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