Hush the voice

nothing can
ever hush a voice,
not force
nor noise

nothing can
neither philistine jaws
nor grubby grouchy claws
not even green clammy creepy envy
nor raucous hollering of the loud mouthed

can choke
the delicate dimpled
dance steps of a voice
strumming, sometimes
fluttering, then prancing, now leaping
soft, delicate, yet piercing

rich in energy
strolling with poise
overflowing with force
brimming with sense

like joyful water jets
from a dam
fresh, full, gushing,
flowing, freeing and renewing,

inventing and reinventing
For Obinna and Susan, two talented voices!

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9 Responses to “Hush the voice”


  1. 1 Susan L Daniels December 10, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Noel–gosh, thanks! Now you need to write a poem about making white people blush–nah, don’t bother–we don’t go anywhere nearly as beautiful as the blackberry Celestine was describing. Pity. You just turned me into a tomato. See? Not poetry. I am dedicating this to you, too, as it is a joy to hear my duet partner string his words together this morning! For once my insomnia has been richly rewarded! Beautiful! By the way, if your muse is cooperating, you should join us in our inspiration chain–would really enjoy hearing your voice join in!

  2. 2 Susan L Daniels December 10, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Reblogged this on Susan Daniels Poetry and commented:
    Noel, marvelous poem, as always!

  3. 3 ruleofstupid December 10, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Great, fluid words – my brains language centre was dancing in delight!

  4. 5 camc1105 December 19, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Beautiful. I look forward to following your blog.

  5. 7 readinpleasure January 9, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Ow, This is beautiful, Noel. Very meaningful and honest. 🙂


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