vow of silence

"It often shows an excellent command of language to say nothing." - Karol Newlin if in the words i have chosen i have offended it is because i do not know how to unsay them if in the words i have withheld i have broken what cannot be repaired is my silence my cells are still the same cells and my blood beats the same as it ever has but how things have changed between us and how when i know you can i not know what to say can i be at such a loss my tongue and teeth a bridge between what you want and what i need as a child i made a promise i pretended to sew up my lips with invisible thread i pretended to lock up my lips with an unseen key but there is no more needle and no more lock and the promise forgotten left unsaid if you believe in my breath a rush of wind through trees a slow tide creeping to shore you would understand that my silence is no weapon it is the wound left behind β€” Halsted M. Bernard
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I acknowledge that I live and work on stolen Cowlitz, Clackamas, Atfalati, and Kalapuya land.
I give respect and reverence to those who came before me.