We Dance For Silence

Like a snake sheds his skin so go we, those of us who bravely venture on
Filled with heightened senses as vigilantly, we quietly roam till dawn.
Exposed our emotions on our shoulders perched like the raven black,
Hearing whispers, feeling stares, why we grow eyes high upon our back.
Lost amongst the others, those who gather, but wonder on without a face
Shivering, I cover myself up with pure thoughts of another softer place.
No longer shielded by the imaginary walls or blinds that shut us out
Can’t the others try and understand what our bruised inner-self is about?
Fears that one does not see and childlike memories that hide so deep
Ignoring innocent faces lost in a crowd, who notices when they weep?
Tissue, skin, clothing, nor dusk can hide or take away our veil of scars
For we dance for silence, protect our solace, as we hide behind our bars.
When little we accepted the insanity that was necessary for us to abide
Like insects caught in a spider web, many tried to scamper off and hide.
A tough batch of us not easily understood for one must slog this path,
Stronger than steel, a wise old group, who now belong to a kindred caste.
A few didn’t make it as hearts break those spirits left this earth in pain
Those that perpetuated the cycle will mourn their passing with shame.
Breaking cycles and ending  suffering  with gifts of faith, love, and joy
For all God’s children deserve to be happy, yes, every little girl and boy.
 By Joni 10/16/19

Written for all those who protect their inner-child by being a child of God and knowing he will never forsake us!


34 thoughts on “We Dance For Silence

    1. Thank you. I feel I have a responsibility to let other children who are currently or were raised in an addictive family know that there is a way out of the cycle. Thanks for your comment. It is painful but necessary to talk about. Love ❤️ Joni

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      1. You are definitely not, my new friend. There are millions of us out there. I am going to check out your site. Thank you for reading and I was blessed to have God beside me during the time I was especially very young. He is still with me and I feel so fortunate. Blessings to you and thank you so much for reading and commenting. Joni

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    1. I had to go back and read it myself as I forgot what it was about. Wow I can understand why I wrote it and the fact that it made you cry means as a poet (even though I have wondered how hard it must be for you to read my words) I have done my job. People like to read uplifting and poems filled with love and happiness and all things wonderful but many of us grew up in a different world. I literally worried about surviving almost every day. Afraid of being killed in my sleep or worse. People who have dealt with childhoods that were so frightening they were afraid to go to sleep at night need to have poems to read and to understand they are not alone. It is also great to know that one can change and be productive and have a normal life, or pretty close to normal. My sorrow comes at times unexpected and then the tears run like a river down my face. So I still cry for that little girl but I don’t feel sorry for myself as I believe that all things happened for a reason and God was always right by my side to hold me up and he still is right there. Thank you for reading my work dear Anna and I hope when you do and it makes you cry that as with me there are some tears of joy that I survived and have made a difference in the world even if it is in some little way. You have made a big difference and have shined like a star to have accomplished what you have and your volunteer work was such a blessing I know, every day you went to work. Sending love and always prayers your way my dear friend. xoxoxo

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  1. Life is seldom all sweetness and light, is it, Joni? It is from the pain and bitter memories that understanding and healing can occur and the journey, while painful is at the same time, necessary and important. Hugs to you and your family. Stay well. Allan

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    1. You are so right Allan. I am very blessed and grateful for my rich life. I agree that with pain comes growth and certainly healing. I appreciate your reading and supporting my work. Thank you for the hugs and more coming right back at you and your family. Hugs, Joni

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    1. Thank you so much Tim for this kind comment that is four days old. I am sorry I don’t know what happened that it ended up in pending comments. Thank you so very much and I hope that everyone is doing well on the Ranch. Love and hugs my friends xoxoxoxo Joni

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      1. Wowww!! I’m flattered by your words..! I think I never going to wake up..!😄☺️ I’m so happy to loved my stories..! Thanks a million..! Sure! Will post soon..!🤗💖💖

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    1. Thank you so much my friend. I appreciate your very kind words. Great line by the way – very poetic.

      “The secrets of silence reveal the mysteries of human energy.”

      🤗❤️😘🌺☕️☕️☕️Sending hugs, love and blessings. Joni


  2. This one got to me, Joni. All your poetry touches my heart, my soul, your gift speaks to many of us, thank you for sharing what it is like. I hope you are doing well, my friend, take good care and keep writing!!! 🥰🤗❤

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    1. Tiffany thank you so much for reading. I am so glad that you read me and that you find that my poetry speaks to you, that means so much and touches my heart. I am doing ok my friend and I will definitely keep writing. I am sending you my love and appreciation. xoxoxoxo Joni


  3. Joni, I read and reread this. And reread again.
    “Like a snake sheds his skin so go we, those of us who bravely venture on
    Filled with heightened senses as vigilantly, we quietly roam till dawn.”

    This entire poem is so beautifully written. I love the form and gentle rhyme you have used, which mirrors the powerful message but beautiful and gentle way you’ve delivered it. We carry the weight of our lives in our souls and hearts and bones and eyes. But as you so beautifully write, it makes us strong and it connects us too.

    “Stronger than steel, a wise old group, who now belong to a kindred caste.”

    We recognise and see each other.

    You’re a magnificent writer Joni. Sending you flowers 💐🌺🌷🌻🌼🌷🌺🥀🌹

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    1. Thank you so much Rachel. Your words touch me so deeply and mean so much. Thank you for sharing such kindness with me Rachel. Yes, everything you said is true. We are indeed a strong group. So glad to be able to share that part of myself with you, my friend, through our writing.

      By the way your piece on MasticadoresUSA was exceptionally written. So lovely every word. I was so happy to see you there. Love and flowers are appreciated and filling the house with sweet smells.
      I hope to read you again soon. Love ❤️ Joni

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